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How to Accept a Job Offer

Hands shaking in acceptance of a job offer

You’ve done it! You landed your dream job, and now all you have to do is accept the offer and break the news to your current employer. These may seem like the easiest things in the world, but if handled hastily, they could lead to some unfortunate consequences. Below are some tips on how to successfully transition from one job to another after receiving an offer.

When offered a new job:

  • Be sure to receive your offer in writing.
  • If you see any red flags, don’t be afraid to say, “Thank you. I’m really interested in joining your organization, but there is something I’m concerned about.”
  • Don’t be afraid to turn it down if it’s clear that something’s wrong.

When considering salary and benefits:

  • Be realistic in your expectations and remember that most companies will make a fair and consistent offer.
  • Money isn’t everything – great people and a dynamic environment make all the difference.
  • Be flexible – compensation packages are a mix of salary, benefits, bonuses, and perks.

When resigning from your current job:

  • Hand in a resignation letter – they’re great for avoiding uncomfortable situations and for formalizing your decision to leave.
  • Give fair notice (typically two weeks, but don’t be afraid to ask to leave earlier if necessary).
  • Remember that it’s usually best to turn down any counter-offers.

10 reasons to turn down a counter-offer:

  1. You shouldn’t have to threaten to leave in order to get paid what you’re worth.
  2. Your company should be following strict wage and salary guidelines, so it’s suspicious that they’ll suddenly be able to pay you more.
  3. Your company may hire a new person right away at a reduced salary, and have you train them before letting you go.
  4. You’ve made it aware that you’re unhappy, so from now on, your loyalty will always be in question.
  5. Your lack of loyalty may affect your ability to move up the ladder.
  6. During tough times, you’ll probably be at the top of the cutback list.
  7. Whatever it was that made you want to leave in the first place will likely not disappear.
  8. Statistics show that those who accept counter-offers resign within six months of accepting it or are let go within 12 months.
  9. The organization that offered you the new position will feel they wasted resources trying to recruit you, which will greatly decrease your chances of being hired there in the future.
  10. Your relationship with your coworkers may never be the same.
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