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You Have A Job Offer But What Next?
This can often be one of the most difficult parts of the recruitment process Whilst salary is clearly an important consideration it can also be emotive and so make sure that you revisit the reasons why you applied for the role in the first place.
- Salary - take relative package values into consideration and make sure that you have a figure in mind. If the role involves relocation or an increased commute then you need to factor these costs into the salary figure.
- Package - ensure that you have full details of the package that is on offer before making a final decision. You can then compare the overall offer and work out the basic salary that you are willing to accept.
- Its not just about money - you should think about all of the reasons why you are interested in the role as well as stating your salary expectations. If money was not high on your agenda then it should not be now.
- Career development - some organisations offer better development opportunities than others. make sure that you understand the long term opportunities as well as the company's salary review process.
- So near - if the offer is close to matching your expectations but not quite then be honest about the real difference - sometimes it can be very small and not a good reason to turn down an otherwise fantastic opportunity.
- Other options - be honest about other opportunities that you may have but do not over emphasise or play one against the other - in some circumstances this can lead to an offer being withdrawn.
Ignore the statistics and speculation around why you should or shouldn't accept counter offers. Instead try to avoid conflicts of interest with your current employer by finding out about what they can offer before you tell them about the new opportunity that you are considering.
Ask yourself if there is anything that your current employer can offer to make you stay;
- NO - then do not entertain any counter offer and ensure that when you hand in your notice that you make it clear that this is your final decision.
- YES - approach the right people before telling them about external opportunities. Ask about your potential within the organisation and future opportunities. This way you know that their answer is about you and not their own agenda.
Handing Your Notice In
Your existing employer will have a policy specifying how a notice must be submitted but how you go about it will often depend upon the relationship that you have with your boss. Never burn your bridges and therefore consider thanking some people who have supported you during your time with the company. Here are a few helpful tips.
- Letter - ensure that you have a written notice letter that you can hand to your boss. This way you have already prepared emotionally and the words that you use can be definite.
- Final decision - you should always be sure that this is your final decision and clearly state this in your letter.
- Obligations- state that you intend to honour your contractual obligations but that you wish to leave the company at the earliest opportunity.
- Family & friends - the most common reason for someone reversing their decision to accept a role that requires relocation is that the candidates family does not want to move.
- Make sure that you involve your family with your application from the outset and ensure that they have the opportunity to tell you about how they feel about the idea.
- How can you make the move easier for your family? Your future employer may be able to support you with this - this is something we can help with here at Ragged Edge.
- If applicable, ensure that you have explored the quality and potential cost of schooling.
- Cost of living - consider any changes in the cost of living that will impact you in your new role. You may need to consider;
- Taxation - if you are moving overseas - try to get a breakdown of what net pay would be after local taxes and national insurance.
- Housing - what are the cost implications of buying or renting in a new area? What support will your new employer provide and for how long?
- Transferring properties - how long will it take you to move out or sell your existing property?
- What will you have to do for accommodation in the first few months of your new role?