How to accept a job
Congratulations on getting a job offer! The next step is to accept it & here’s how.
So, after the trials and tribulations of the recruitment process, you’ve managed to secure yourself a job. Firstly, congratulations! You don’t need us to tell you just how tough the employment market is, and finding any kind of work is a great achievement.
Now that you have the offer though, what’s the best protocol for accepting? This may sound a bit ridiculous but it’s one of the first impressions that you’ll make on your new employer, so it’s worth getting it right.
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, do it over the phone, if it was via email, respond via email, and so on.
Regardless of this though, always follow it up with a formal acceptance letter. It doesn’t need to be too long, but it’s essential that you put it down in writing. Just say that you’re delighted to accept the role, and confirm any details such as your 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.
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!
How do you usually accept job offers?