You Received a Job Offer … Now What?
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First things first…This is a big decision, so
What about negotiating?As an early-career professional, you won’t have much experience to leverage a significant increase in pay or vacation benefits; however,
If it’s the job for you…
It’s best to
accept a job offer in writing. Besides communicating enthusiastic acceptance, confirm the terms of your offer – your job title, salary, benefits, start date and other information important to your acceptance. Be sure to express that you’re excited for the opportunity and that you look forward to bringing value to the organization.
If you’ve decided to decline the offer…
If the job isn’t the right one for you, don’t sweat it – it’s a normal part of the hiring process. While you’re not going to be working for the company, you still want to
leave a positive and professional impression.
Once you know that you won’t be accepting, them as soon as possible. Express your appreciation for both the offer and their time throughout the process. You can choose to provide a reason for your declination (you’re unable to relocate, you’ve decided to pursue another opportunity, etc.) but it’s best not to go into elaborate detail. Lastly, close cordially. You want to maintain the relationship with both the company and the hiring manager should your future paths cross.
It is better to decline an initial job offer than to accept and back out of your offer at a later date.