Accepting a job offer
If you have just been offered your dream job, then congratulations!
But before you sit back and relax, there are still a few things to think about and tasks to complete before accepting your job offer.
Verbal or written?
One of the most common questions we are asked at Hays is, "I've said 'yes' to my new employer. Do I still need to write an acceptance letter?" The answer is an emphatic 'yes'.
Apart from anything else, if you've received a verbal offer and accepted, and you then receive a standard offer letter, it is plain courtesy to write back. In addition, to avoid any future misunderstandings, it is always wise to respond to such documents in writing.
Ask for the offer letter to be forwarded to you by post so that you can formally respond to it. If you're transferring from another job, it is likely that you will have to work a notice period.
If your new employer is keen for you to start as soon as possible, the offer letter should arrive promptly.
Structuring your letter
Include all relevant formalities such as name, business addresses, and date.
Thank your new employer for offering you the position.
Tell them you are delighted to accept the offer.
Inform them of your start date (if not confirmed, say you will notify them as soon as possible).
End on a positive note, saying you are looking forward to joining the team.
During your notice period
There is no excuse not to keep in touch with your new employer. Send them an email or give them a call. Your new boss may even invite you for a team drink to meet your future colleagues, and if so, make an effort to put in an appearance. If it's not suggested, why not put the idea into his or her head?
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A month is a long time to wait to start, and the more you can learn about who's who in your department during that time, the easier it will be on your first day.
Remember: it may not always occur to your new boss to ask you to a "social", but don't be afraid to be proactive. He or she will more than likely be impressed with your initiative and eagerness to fit into your new environment.
As you can see, when accepting your offer and handing in your resignation, there's a degree of etiquette to each stage of landing a new job.
Observing these details should instil confidence in your actions and help you to move onwards and upwards in your future career.
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