Checklist Before you Accept Your Job Offer

Congratulations- you’ve gotten a job offer! In such a competitive market, it’s extremely important to assess your job offers before accepting them. This can be a daunting task, especially if your previous role has lasted several years. What will it be like? Who will I meet? Am I making the right decision? Our experts have put together some top tips for you to check out before you sign on the dotted line. Read on for our checklist of things to consider before you accept a job offer.

1. References

References are very important. Typically, you need to provide potential employers with two references. We recommend asking current or previous managers and a colleague on your team that you worked closely with. Try and be tactical and ask people who can speak to your skills and qualifications for the position.

2. Prepare For a Counter-offer

Now more than ever, counter-offers are almost always a given. Be prepared for your current employer to offer you anything to try and make you stay. Often it is the unexpected nature of a counter-offer that creates an emotional reaction when you thought you were simply handing in your notice.

As with all things in life, preparation is key and you should always anticipate a counter-offer so that you’re emotionally and intellectually ready to handle it with clarity, common sense and having already weighed up the pros and cons of leaving vs staying.

To help you decide whether to accept the counter-offer or the new job, ask yourself the following questions:

  • What are your career objectives, and which job meets your personal ambitions to achieve them?
  • Why do you want to leave your current job? Is it just about the money?
  • Are you simply looking for a change of scenery? and if so, why?
  • Why are you interested in this specific job you’ve accepted?
  • How committed are you to taking up a new position in a new company, with all that entails?
  • If you truly intend on staying at your current job, what might be some better, more effective ways to gain recognition and compensation for your work?

3. Review & Read Your Contract

This may seem like an obvious one but make sure you thoroughly review your offer and contract. We recommend getting a friend, family member or your recruiter to help you review it.

Certain things you want to check are:

  • Position/Title
  • Full-Time/Part-Time Schedule
  • Duties
  • Equity
  • Bonus/Commissions
  • Base Salary
  • Benefits
  • Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Non-Compete Clause

4. Negotiate

If you don’t ask, you don’t get. If there is something in the job offer that you are not happy with, then bring it to the attention of the employer. If you want an extra bit of money or more flexibility, then ask your recruiter to discuss it with the employer.

In recent times, we have seen that sometimes employers are not able to increase the base salary, but they may come to an agreement and instead offer a sign-on bonus. It’s worth shooting your shot and making sure the offer aligns with your needs.

5. The Culture and Environment

It is important to consider how a new job aligns with your lifestyle and your needs. Nowadays, where working from home is the new norm, you want to make sure that you have flexibility, autonomy and room for your personal hobbies and family. Its hugely important to evaluate the company culture and ask the right questions about what a day in the life actually looks like, as part of the offer process.

6. Consider who you will be working alongside

Never underestimate the power of working with great people. Give your potential future co-workers a stalk on LinkedIn (on private mode of course😉). The learnings you can get from your new management, stakeholders or peers is very important. It’s not only about what they can teach you but it’s also about the power of association. The chances are that if you are working alongside someone with over 20 years’ experience in a particular industry, they are going to know a lot of people. This acts as a great networking opportunity and an opportunity for you to get noticed.

There you have it! We hope these 6 considerations make evaluating your next job offer a little easier. If you would like to get some more advice from one of our recruiters or if you are still on the lookout for your dream role, reach out to us here!

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