Congratulation you are hired! That is the dream of every job seeker, especially after the stress and challenges of looking for a job, however there are things you should consider before accepting a job, don’t just jump at any offer because you are desperately in need of a job, you have to fully understand what you are going into, to avoid problems in the future.
Here are some things you need to know or look out for before accepting any offer.
- Understand what is negotiable:
You have to fully understand what is negotiable like your salary, your start date, compensation, vacation or any allowance and be clear of the conditions attached to it.
- Make sure you understand everything clearly:
If you have any doubt about a certain area, be sure to verify and confirm that everything is well documented, for example, you were promised something verbally pertaining to your employment, ensure that it is included in your offer letter or well documented for future purposes.
- Make sure you have all the relevant information:
Review all documents, such as an employee manual, benefits programs, terms and conditions in the offer letter before signing it especially if it’s based on contract.
- Be clear about benefits and compensation:
Make sure you fully understand all your rights and privileges apart from your monthly salary, for example as a sales personnel, you have to know your annual commission, bonuses, profit sharing and other benefits. It is important to know all these so there won’t be any form of misunderstanding. And also you will know what to expect at the end of the day.
In summary, you should be able to fully understand all the agreements before signing and look out for warning signs or if you are not comfortable with the way things are done, you might want to consider your decision. Be sure you know what you are getting into before signing and accepting any offer letter and then you are good to go.