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How to Handle a Job Offer

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The information below is not intended to be rigid regarding how to handle a job offer.  Rather, it is a set of discussions and observations based upon executive search activities conducted by Mid America Search over the past 45 plus years.  Handling of a job offer obviously can be approached in several ways.

This discussion is meant to have the reader think about the process at hand.  In addition, this document is intended to set the seriousness of the process and assist in preparing for how to handle a job offer.

Once you receive an offer, in whatever preferred form the Client has, and you are comfortable with, make certain all your questions are asked, and answered, in a timely manner.

  • Questions such as:
    • Start date?
    • Hours of work and if there is flexibility on those hours such as start and quit times?
    • Options to work on a remote basis?
    • If appropriate, is laptop, car or mileage reimbursement available?
    • Parking or transit commuter benefits, if applicable?
    • Compensation and benefits?
    • Eligible for a bonus?
    • Profit sharing or deferred compensation availability?
    • Retirement benefits such as 401k matching?
    • Form of the compensation (i.e. salary or hourly and are you eligible for overtime)?
    • Performance and salary reviews?
    • PTO or vacation and sick-leave?
    • Travel requirements?
    • Relocation assistance, if applicable?
    • Comprehensive definition of the duties and responsibilities of the job?
    • Is this job permanent and full-time or contractor or independent contractor?
    • Any questions regarding the work environment such as dress code, type of work station such as cubicle or office?
    • Professional development such as continuing industry education and obtaining various certifications and credentials.  And whether employer reimburses costs?


Upon getting all your questions answered, weigh the pros and cons of accepting the offer.  Be certain to provide a timely decision.  Not providing a timely decision could result in the offer being rescinded.

Communicating your decision, on the offer, is vitally important.  Generally, the method of communicating your decision would be to call the Client’s appropriate representative.  Then follow-up this communication by an email.

If your decision is to accept the offer, the discussion below will assist in how to resign from a job or the best way to resign from a job.

The first step is to write a job resignation letter.  This will answer how to write a resignation letter for a job.

  • Resignation Letter Strategy:
    • Keep the letter short, positive and simple.
    • A typical resignation letter would express appreciation to your current employer for the opportunity to have been part of their team.
    • Let your current employer know that you have accepted a job at another company or organization; and thus, you are providing notice of resignation as of today.
    • Offer your assistance to your current employer and note your desire to assist during the transition.

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