Accepting Job Offers Like An Ace
We all know how hard looking for work can be.
We also know how hard it can be to hold back all the stress, anxiety, and other emotions you’ve been working to suppress while you do it.
So when you finally get that job offer you’ve been so focused on, you want to say yes right away and finally let go of everything that’s been building up. You want to exchange the worry of job hunting for the comfort of having a job.
And to be honest, that is one of the main reasons we look for a good job in the first place. But in the big picture, we don’t just want a job that’s “right now”, we want the job that’s “just right”.
Which means we need to approach accepting job offers with a bit of tact and patience to make sure the employer and the job details are a perfect fit. And if you’re wondering how to do that, you’ve come to the right place!
Let’s go over a solid strategy for accepting job offers like an ace!
How To Receive An Offer
Before diving into the offer specifics, it is important to acknowledge the job offer in a timely fashion.
Respond to the recruiter with a sincere ‘thank you’ and express your appreciation.
If you haven’t already received it, ask for a copy of the offer in writing with all the necessary details.
Explain that you will take some time to review the offer. This is for both the benefit of both you and them. Uninformed new hires will have low job satisfaction, which can in turn affect employer retention rates.
Ask them when they need a final answer by. This lets you plan your timeline for the next steps of managing a job offer!
How To Review An Offer
Offer details should highlight the concrete benefits of working with this employer. You should review these items to ensure they align with what the recruiter has said up to this point, as well as with what you need from a good job:
- PTO (Paid Time Off)
- Health Benefits
- Other Benefits (Retirement plans, insurance, compensated leave, etc.)
- Job Title
- Commuting Options (and Coverage)
- Work Hours (including flex hours and remote work options)
- Start Date
- Contract Length (if applicable)
- Employment Type (Full-time, part-time, etc.)
Only you will know what you consider to be necessary when it comes to these specifics. However, in many cases you don’t have to say no just because they don’t match. That’s where negotiating comes in (something we’ll discuss a bit further in the article).
The main question you should keep in mind is “how will this affect my lifestyle?”. Because changes to these values will have direct effects on how you live your life. And at some point, you will find that the job just may not be liveable.
How will these hours affect your ability to spend time with family or outside hobbies? How will the commute affect your schedule and mileage expenses? Will you be on-call for holidays and weekends? And above all, will it affect your ability to have a positive work-life balance?
How To Review An Employer
We’ve said it once, we’ll say it again: Company Culture.
When you align with a company’s values, you’ll feel more valued at that company. Before accepting any job offer, research the company on social media. Look at their mission and value statements on their website. Seek out everything you can about how they treat employees, and what they do to encourage professional development.
The quality of the business will reflect the quality of life for their staff members. Here are some good questions to ponder:
- Are they financially stable?
- Did you feel welcome when you went for your interview?
- Have you met your supervisor or manager? Do you like them?
- What would a current employee say about the company?
- What would a customer say about the company?
Professional development and advancement are major players when it comes to understanding a company culture. A business can only grow as much as its workers grow. Different businesses will foster different types of growth — find the one that best fits you.
How To Negotiate An Offer
If the details of the job offer aren’t completely up to par, but you’re still interested in working with this particular employer, you may want to negotiate the offer.
DO negotiate if:
- You have thoroughly reviewed the original offer
- You can justify a better offer
- You will be unhappy with the original offer
- The original offer is insufficient for your needs
DO NOT negotiate if:
- You have already accepted the offer
- The employer has indicated the offer is non-negotiable
- The original offer is fair and sufficient
- You will be happy at the job
If you’re good to go, write out your counteroffer clearly and present it to the recruiter.
Support your reasoning with data points, such as industry standard wages and benefits.
Be ready to walk away if they say no. If you receive a counteroffer, review it just like the original.
If they agree to your new offer, be absolutely sure to get it in writing before accepting the job.
Did you know that on average, there are 250 candidates for every job posting?
This statistic is often used to remind us how important our job seeking skills need to be. But it should also remind us that if we can stand out enough to get a job offer once, we can surely do it again.
So if you’ve received a job offer, consider the big picture before going all in. Negotiate when you need to, and if you don’t like the hand you’re dealt, then walk away from the table.
Like Kenny Rogers once said: “Every gambler knows that the secret to survivin’ is knowin’ what to throw away and knowin’ what to keep”. And if you follow our strategy for dealing with job offers, you’ll be ready to handle them like an ace!