You finally got that letter or phone call you’ve been waiting for—after weeks (or perhaps months) of sending out carefully crafted letters of interest, cover letters, and resumes, you’ve overcome job interview jitters and finally received an offer.
But even if this is your dream job, there’s still some work to do on your part before the deal is finalized.
Before you accept a job offer, there are some important things you’ll want to consider, including the terms of your potential new employment and how you’ll write your acceptance letter or email.
Although your excitement might tempt you to type out a quick “YES!! Of course!”, taking the time to think about the conditions of your offer now can save you a lot of potential stress and trouble down the road.
The Job Offer Process
Before receiving a formal offer or contract, you might receive a more casual phone call or email offering you employment.
Express your appreciation for the offer, but make sure you ask the employer to send you a written document with all the details, including the expectations of your role, your pay, your start date, and any benefits.
What to Look for in an Offer
Once you receive a more official offer, you can review all of the details carefully.
Remember: Nothing is official until you’ve signed a contract, so you can still discuss, negotiate, or raise questions about anything you don’t understand in this offer.
There are several important elements you should look for and consider carefully in an offer.
Any official job offer should clearly state your proposed salary or hourly wage.
Even if you’ve already discussed this in the initial phases and you and your employer both agreed on a number, it’s critical that you see this number in writing.
If you aren’t satisfied with the number, discuss this with the employer before signing any documents or contracts.
Not all jobs offer benefits such as health insurance, 401(k) plans, or paid time off.
Ask your employer if they offer any of these benefits. If they do, the terms should be outlined in your offer (and definitely in your eventual contract).
Review these terms thoroughly and make sure you understand them. If you have any questions or doubts, discuss them with your employer.
A projected start date is also typically listed in a job offer letter. If there are any issues or conflicts, raise those questions now.
Keep in mind that you’ll probably want time to offer your old employer the standard two weeks’ notice.
Other Job-Specific Terms
Along with your salary or benefits, other terms, such as compensation for high-speed internet or a company phone, should also be clarified.
Again, review these terms and raise any questions you have with the employer before signing.
Take Time to Think
After receiving a job offer, express your appreciation and excitement about the position.
Politely request 24 hours to review the terms of the offer before formally accepting or signing any documents.
The employer most likely wants to close the deal as quickly as possible, but it’s in everyone’s best interest that you understand just what you’re signing up for.
Until you’ve formally accepted, there’s still time to back out or revisit the details of the offer.
How to Write an Acceptance Letter
When you’re ready to accept the offer, start your written response (which can also take the form of an email) by thanking the employer for the opportunity and expressing your excitement about the new job.
Then, make sure you include the following elements in your letter:
- Your written acceptance of the offer
- Your position
- Your salary and benefits
- Your expected start date
All of this might seem redundant, but the more clear you are about these terms, the better.
Job Offer Acceptance Sample
Below is an example you can use to draft your acceptance letter:
Dear Mr./Ms [Employer Name],
I was thrilled to receive your offer of employment yesterday. I’ve reviewed the details, and am writing to formally accept the [Position Title] at [Company Name].
As we discussed, my starting salary will be [$XX,XXX] annually, with two weeks of paid vacation. I understand that my health benefits will begin with my start date.
I’m looking forward to joining the team on [Start Date]. If there are any documents I need to bring on my first day, please let me know. Thank you again for this opportunity. I’m so excited to get started!
Download this job offer acceptance template to make writing your acceptance letter even easier.
Giving Notice to Your Old Employer
Before you give notice to your current employer (typically two weeks), make sure that you have formally accepted the written offer letter with a confirmed start date and signed any documents requested by the new employer to make the deal official.
You can also ask your new employer if there are any clearances you should wait for before giving notice to your old employer (such as reference or background checks).
These steps are necessary because the last thing you want is to give up your current position when your new employment is not yet official or could still fall through.
Accepting a New Job
Congratulations on your job offer! If you’re ready to move forward and formally accept the offer, make sure you take into consideration all of the tips listed above in order to avoid any potential confusion in the future.
Here’s to your success!
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