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Accepting the Job Offer


All your hard work - the resume tweaking, the anxiety, the frustration, the researching, the interviewing, and the reference checking - has finally paid off. Congratulations, you've got the job!

Chances are you get this news in a phone call. You feel a flush of excitement and a sense of relief that you haven't enjoyed in months. You may desperately want and need this job, but remember to address these very important items with the recruiter or hiring manager:

 

Written offer and employment agreement.

It's not required that an employer give you a written offer by letter, but it's a good idea to ask for one. It's another way to minimize misunderstandings at what can be an emotional time. Depending on the job and employer, you may also be given an employment agreement stating the terms and conditions of employment and any specifics that relate to your employment.

 

The position.

Review the job duties, accountabilities and reporting relationships. Get a written and comprehensive description of the position.

 

Compensation.

Ask for a clear statement of the base pay and any variable or incentive pay being offered.

 

Benefits.

Request an explanation and written summary-plan documents for any health care, welfare, pension, savings or profit-sharing plans, as well as details about the paid time-off schedule.

 

Work schedule.

Get a clear understanding of your scheduled work hours and any potential for flexibility.

Ideally, if the job meets the bulk of your essential job requirements, it's strongly suggested you accept on the spot after clarifying the specifics of the offer. Then it's time for goodwill and big handshakes. Search team members really enjoy "closing a candidate," and they'll remember your reaction.

 

Excerpted from Bob Skladany, AARP.org, 12/29/08

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