Congratulations on getting a job offer! The next step is to accept it and here is how…

After the trials and tribulations of the recruitment process, finally you managed to secure yourself a job. Firstly, congratulations! Everyone knows how tough the employment market today is, and finding a new job is a great achievement. Now that you have the offer though, what’s the best protocol for accepting it? Sit tight and read carefully…

How should you accept it?

In simple terms, how you should accept the offer depends on how it was made to you. If it was offered over the phone, then do it over the phone; if it was via email, then respond via email; and so on. Regardless of this, you need to follow it up with a formal acceptance letter. It doesn’t need to be too long, but it’s essential that you put a clear statement down in writing. Just say that you’re delighted to accept the role, and confirm additional details such as your desired start date. If there’s any more information that you think you need at this stage such as any possible benefits, pick up the phone and give the HR department a call.

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What else do you need to do?

If you’re already working elsewhere, even if it’s a part-time position that you’ll no longer need, get in touch with your current employer immediately and talk about your notice period. Check the terms of your contract to work out what’s expected of you (if you haven’t handed in your notice already).

References are also something that you might need to think about. Some employers will only seek out references after the job offer has been made, so let your referees know that they’ll probably be contacted soon. Any delays could push your start date back, so don’t lose sight of the little details.

If you’ve been shortlisted for other jobs, it’s common courtesy to contact the recruiter and let them know about your change in circumstances. It’ll take just a few minutes, and you never know when you might decide that you want to work with them again. They’ll appreciate it!

Once the formalities are out of the way, it’s time to think about getting started. You’ll be given a start date, though it might be a good idea to arrange to call in beforehand to meet your line manager and have a chat about your role and your responsibilities. It’ll make your first day seem a lot less daunting. Best of luck!

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