How to Get The Most Out of a Job Offer

November 26th, 2012

It’s the finish line of your job search: the elusive job offer. Some of us are so excited to hear those final words that we get wrapped up in the moment. Treat it for what it is – a business agreement – and your transition from job seeker to happy employee will be an easier one. Here are a few things to consider before signing on the dotted line.

Start Date

You might be so ready for that paycheck that you’re willing to start tomorrow. Just be sure to think twice before committing to an immediate start date. Make sure loose ends are wrapped up (Babysitters? Transportation? Mental preparation?), and you’re fully ready to commit to a full-time work schedule before you walk in the door as an employee.

Vacation Time

Got an already-planned vacation? Know that you’ll need a holiday off for family time? Now is the time to speak up or forever hold your peace. At some companies you may be able to negotiate unpaid time off that was already planned prior to your offer.


Now is the time for negotiation. It’s not an option at every company or at every position, but the best time to discuss this topic is now. It doesn’t hurt to ask, and you’ll regret it if you don’t. If there’s no room for negotiation, take the time to learn about the earning potential for your position and how to if there’s a chance for a raise in the future.

 A word to the wise…

The offer isn’t final until both parties have signed the proper paperwork. So keep your emotions in check during and after the verbal offer, and wait to spread your good news until the documents are completed. Also, remember that some companies require a 30 or 90-day trial period where you could be released at any moment. Just avoid these first month faux pas and you’ll be great.

About ABR

ABR Employment Services provides employment opportunities to job seekers and staffing solutions to employers throughout Wisconsin. ABR provides temporary, try-before-hire and direct hire job opportunities in: customer service, data entry, receptionist, office assistant, administrative assistant, assembly, packaging, machine operator, warehouse, janitorial, CNC, welder, forklift, maintenance, and call center. Connect with us on Twitter and Pinterest for job seeking tips and advice.

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