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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU RECEIVE AN OFFER

  • If you are still in the interview process for another job which you may want even more, be up-front with your agency about your status.  The agency can arrange to accelerate the interview process and communicate your status to the other employer, but they can’t do that if they don’t hear it from you.
  • This is a time where emotions can trip up the decision-making process.  Sit down and think over why you began looking for a new job.  What priorities are driving you?  Money?  Geographic location?  Career advancement?  Work environment?  Write these factors down in the order of their importance, give a weight to each one, then rate the job offer in terms of how well it meets each of these priorities, and what overall “score” it gets.  This approach can be particularly helpful if you are considering more than one offer at a time.
  • Consider your decision carefully; do not accept an offer unless you are sure you want to go ahead.
  • Negotiate your starting date.
  • Do not give notice at your old job until you have a signed agreement with your new employer.
  • When you give notice at your old job:
    • Submit your resignation in writing as well as verbally.  Try to stay upbeat and professional, especially when you discuss your reasons for leaving.
    • Avoid burning bridges – do your best to make an easy transition for the next person in your role.  You may not plan to work here again, but your co-workers and the people they talk to will remember your behaviour if they encounter you again in another job.
    • Be prepared for the “walk you off the property” policies that some HR departments have.  You may not get an opportunity to say goodbye to your co-workers.  If this is important to you, make sure you have some way to contact them after your departure.
  • Be prepared to receive a counteroffer from your old employer.  Counteroffers may be attractive, but they carry a lot of risks. 
    • From this point on, your loyalty at your old job will be suspect.  This can result in your being top of the layoff list if business takes a turn for the worse.  An employer may also use a counteroffer to keep you on for the rest of the current project, while recruiting your replacement on the side.
    • Statistics show that most employees who accept counteroffers still end up leaving the employer within the year.
    • Well-managed companies rarely make counteroffers.  A counteroffer may be a sign of a company which does not promote or reward its employees unless they threaten to resign.
  • Do a practice commute to your new job, to ensure you can arrive on time.
  • Re-evaluate your wardrobe and consider modifying it to match your new environment

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