How To Accept A Job Offer – An Essential Guide

The Prepared Resume: How To Accept A Job Offer

Has a company offered you a job you can't refuse? Well, here is how to accept that job offer.

Receiving a job offer is an exciting outcome of the employment search process. You put in the hard work and are ready to see the payoff. Not to kill your excitement, but I'm simply here to ensure you remember a few important things before taking the position!

As simple as it sounds to accept a job offer, there are a few things that trip people up in the process. Allow me to give you just a few quick tips to help you say yes and accept that job offer.

Steps to accept a job offer

First and foremost, congratulations on receiving a job offer. Receiving a new job offer can certainly be exciting so remember the following:

Step 1:

Upon receiving the job offer, make sure you thank the company and express your gratitude. Whether you plan to take the job or not, thanking the employer demonstrates your gratefulness. That is something that is lacking in our world today. After you express your gratitude, do NOT say “yes” immediately accepting the job offer. This same seem controversial or counterintuitive but don't get wrapped up in the moment or in your emotions and instantly blurt out “YES!” Ensure you've received the offer in writing. Do not skip that step before providing an answer. Get the job offer in writing. Once you have the job offer in hand, take time to think about the position, the offer details, and discuss it with those whom your trust.

Step 2:

Once you have received the written offer, ask the company how long you have to officially respond. If they state they need an immediate answer, simply request a 24 hour extension. If an employer is unwilling to provide 24 hours as accommodation, I would be extremely concerned about the company. I don't care who the company is. Assuming the company provides a reasonable timeline, respect it an answer appropriately.

And yes, make sure you know the exact employment start date.

Step 3:

I have already mentioned this but (if not offered) request the job offer in writing. A practical way to ask is to state to the hiring manager: “When do you think you'd be able to send me a copy of the job offer?” And not to assume but the written offer should include detailed information around compensation and benefits. You need to understand these things before you accept any job offer.

Accepting the Job Offer

If you have done all of those steps, and you want to take the job, respond to the company in writing. Simply send an email to the hiring manager informing them you are accepting and include your signature on the job offer and include it as an attachment in your email. If the company asks to speak with you on the phone, tell them the same exact things in your email. But always send the email! Just to make it easy as possible, I've included a sample email you can use to accept the job offer.

Sample Email After You Accept a Job Offer

Dear Mrs. Ryleigh Castleberry,

Thank you again for providing me with the opportunity to join ABC Company as a software developer. This email serves as my official, written notice of job acceptance with a start date of May 26th, 2030. I have attached a signed copy of the offer letter. Let me know if you need any additional information or details from me.

Sincerely,

Sarah Williams

Questions to Ask before you Accept any Job Offer

Just to serve as a check, I'm making several assumptions in my guidance above. For example, I'm assuming you have researched the company and job position before you applied for the job. I'm also assuming you have performed any applicable research throughout the interview process. If you still have questions before you accept a job offer, make you think through questions like:

  • What is your daily schedule?
  • How does your commute look?
  • Do you get to work remotely?

As you work through the decision makin process as a job candidate, seek clarity. Literally writing down a list of pros and cons help bring the clarity you will need to accept or reject any job offer. That list can help you think through the following career oriented questions:

  • What are my gut instincts when I think about accepting this company?
  • Are there any issues that that make me unsure about this offer?
  • What excites me about this position within the company?
  • Will this job help me reach my short-term and long-term career goals?
  • Does this job improve my quality of life?

As an aside, many candidates have mentors. When you receive a job offer it is always a good idea to talk through the offer with your mentor. Talk through positives and concerns alike as well as any next steps.

Salary Negotiation after receiving a Job Offer

Once you receive a written job offer containing compensation details, do not ask the employer if they are able to negotiate on the salary. It doesn't matter if you know they aren't able to negotiate.

If the compensation is fair and what you desire, accept the offer. If the job offer does not have what you need for compensation, request what you need. It's that simple for you.

Will the employer provide you with what you need for compensation? Maybe. Maybe not. But that's not the point. The point is you asking for what you need and allowing them the chance to respond.

And again, I'm assuming you are requesting reasonable compensation based on market factors. If you are not, then you aren't starting at the same point as the offering organization.

Candidates get SO wrapped up in financial compensation that negotiations skills are thrown out the window. If the financial compensation is close to what you need, you can always negotiate other job circumstances such as:

  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Time off
  • Professional memberships
  • Development and training funds
  • Commuter benefits

PRO TIP: One item you can always request is an evaluation or review after 90 days (180 days, etc…) of employment to be eligible for immediately compensation changes.

Regardless, determine what you need in a job and what can be flexible while going through the interview process.

Conclusion

Ensure you accept a real job offer and ensure you have it in your hands in writing. Respond in writing. And ensure any changes to the original offer via negotiations are agreed upon and written down.

You see, accepting a job is a little more complex than just saying “yes.”

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