Getting a job offer is very exciting after all the hard work of searching and applying so take a moment to be congratulate yourself. In this article we cover the next steps on accepting a job offer and getting started in your new role.
Reviewing the Offer
When you receive a job offer it’s important to take the time to carefully review it so you don’t end up regretting your decision later down the line. It is perfectly acceptable to ask the employer for some time to think it over if you’re not sure, however employers will want to see some enthusiasm or the offer might not stay on the table for long. If on the other hand you’re lucky enough to have been offered exactly what you want and you’ve done your research and negotiated already, you should accept immediately.
Key Points to Consider Before Accepting
Money matters and you want to be sure you’re getting paid what you’re worth. It is unlikely your salary will change for at least a year so it is important to be happy with it. If it is not what you had hoped for consider negotiating with your future employer.
Benefits and Perks
Benefits and perks can add value to your salary so it’s important to consider these too. If a company isn’t able to offer you the salary you were hoping for you may be able to negotiate on these. Benefits you may be able to negotiate on include:
Commission/bonus scheme; Annual leave; Pension; Health/dental care; Company car/mileage allowance; Flexible/ home working; Gym membership; Childcare; Season ticket loans; Sick pay
It is difficult to judge how much time your new job will take up so consider talking to someone in a similar role to try and understand what your workload could look like and how much overtime you may have to work.
It is equally important to factor in the time it will take to travel to your new job. If it’s a long and difficult commute this would add a fair amount of time onto your working hours. Bear in mind how reliable transport is and the cost of getting to your job too.
When taking on a new role it’s worth asking yourself how this job will serve you and bring you closer to achieving your career goals. Can you see the potential career progression? Will you be challenged and exposed to new experiences? Will you be able to grow? The answer to these questions will help you in making the decision best for you.