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 Handling Job Offers 



The following are factors you should consider before accepting a job offer:

The Employer  

  • Consider the organization's reputation and future stability.
  • What new and exciting services, products, or projects are being developed?
  • What information is available on the organization?
  • How does the whole place "feel" to you?
  • Does the organization culture seem compatible with your values?
  • How well do your personality, style, goals, strengths, and weaknesses mesh with your co-workers?
  • Is an open door policy encouraged by your organization? Is it important to you?
  • How well do your personality and style mesh with your supervisor's?
  • Is it important that you have a close relationship with your immediate supervisor?
  • What does management expect of you as a new professional?

The Position  

  • Be sure that you understand the position's responsibilities to complete all of the duties.
  • Will you be given the training/tools to complete your responsibilities?
  • Will you have the opportunity to grow?

The Salary  

  • Know what the position is worth by using
  • Remember to consider regional costs of living.
  • Determine the minimum you will need to earn to be able to afford your expenses. Have a "bottom line" salary in mind.
  • Know what you're worth and use your special abilities as bargaining chips in salary negotiations.
  • Think in terms of salary ranges, rather than a specific salary. This allows room for negotiation and discussion.
  • Be prepared to respond to questions about your salary by placing the ball in the employer's court. Ask what their typical pay range is for the position.
  • If you are interested in the organization, but have other offers, be honest with the recruiter and let them know. They will appreciate your honesty and will work to negotiate with you.
  • Consider every aspect of your offer, such as benefits, growth potential, and company culture.

The Benefits 

  • Remember that benefits packages are worth at least 25% more than your actual salary.
  • Health care benefits may include: medical insurance, prescription coverage, dental insurance, vision care, and disability insurance. It is far cheaper to get these insurances through your employer than to pay for them on your own.
  • Retirement benefits allow you to put a percentage of your gross income into a fund. The employer may match your contribution up to a certain percentage.
  • Domestic partner benefits may be extended to partners who are not legally married. Ask about this benefit if it important to you.
  • Childcare costs are subsidized by some employers and others have their own day care centers on site.
  • Flextime provides options to when the workday starts and stops.
  • Paid time off usually includes vacation, personal, and sick days plus holidays.
  • Stock ownership/profit sharing is when you are given or allowed to purchase shares of stock in your company.
  • Tuition assistance/reimbursement benefits include an employer paying for all or part of your continuing education within certain stipulations.
  • Other benefits offered by employers may include are:
    • Life insurance
    • Company car
    • Relocation assistance
    • Saving plan
    • Free parking
    • Signing bonuses
    • Bonuses

The Location 

  • Moving expenses may be paid by the employer. If not, research the cost of renting a van/truck and other moving expenses.
  • Know where you're going! Simple steps, such as looking at an atlas and locating major highways and surrounding cities, will get you oriented geographically.
  • Research the city's chamber of commerce information on:
    • Population and demographics
    • Main industries
    • Nearby state parks, theaters, etc.
  • Ask your prospective employer if they can provide contact information regarding the local chamber of commerce or check out the city's Internet site.
  • Cost of Living Wizard- Compares different living locations and costs.

How do I accept a job offer? 

  • Don't accept an offer right away, take a couple of days to make a decision.
  • If you have received an offer, but are still interested in other organizations, contact the other organizations immediately. Ask them where they are in their search process and if you are still a viable candidate. If you are, they will know that you are being pursued and may try to speed up the process for you.
  • If you need an extension of time to consider more than one offer, don't be afraid to ask. Most employers will give you more time if you really need it.
  • If you elect to accept the offer of employment, make sure you understand all the details of the offer. Be certain you get the following in writing.
  • If the job offer meets your criteria, write a letter accepting the offer and a courteous letter rejecting any other offers you may have.
  • Letter examples iclude Additional Information Request Letter Example, Letter of Acceptance, Letter of Acceptance 2, Letter of Rejection, Letter of Rejection 2, Letter of Acknowledgement, Delay Request Letter.

In Conclusion 

  • Don't be afraid to turn down a job offer if it isn't right for your career goals. After all the work you have done, don't sell yourself short!



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