Job Offers - Taking a new Job

You've been offered a job but what do you do know?Here are some tips for you:

1. Stop and think

Be patient and think about it. Give yourself a couple of days to consider the offer. This may give you time to get more offers, or you may just simply change your mind.

2. Get the offer in writing

Without having the offer in writing it's not really official. Make sure you check all the details before you agree. Check how much you're getting paid, when they expect you to start, hours of work any bonuses or perks you will get. Also it is essential to make sure what you're job title and responsibilities are.

3. Don't feel the heat

If they're putting undue pressure on you before you start, this may be a sign of things to come. How the company handles themselves in the pre-employment period may reflect what they'll be like to work for.

4. Play by the rules

Make sure you see out your notice before you join the other company. If you don't turn up for work you could find yourself loosing out when it comes to pay, or even face legal action. Check your contract to see how much notice you have to give.

5. Start me up

Check when you can realistically start your new job. Don't say you can begin before your notice period is up, unless you have it in writing from your previous employer that you can.

6. The small print

Get the contract faxed through and check every line, don't leave anything to chance and make sure that every element of your package is to your satisfaction. This includes holidays etc. Don't like them once you've joined.

7. Ask and you shall

Is there any other parts of your conditions you would like to discuss such as working through your lunch hour, finishing early one day a week to go on a course etc.? If there is, make sure you negotiate now.

8. Auctioning yourself

Be careful about putting yourself up for auction. Don't try and raise the stakes if you're not totally convinced you'll take the offer. Don't try and price yourself out of a job, but do think about what you're worth.

9. An end of an affair?

Think about why you want to leave your current job - is it the job itself, the people, the company, the prospects, the money? Make sure the new position will solve those problems.

10. Create a final contract

All the agreements and discussions you've had should be formulated in the final contract. Don't leave anything to chance and don't rely on a verbal agreement as this offers much less weight than a written agreement.