Getting Recruited

Getting a Job – Accepting an offer of employment for Employees

Wow! The end of the road. Congratulations on being successful in your job search. Taking on a new job is commonly known to be one of the more stressful times in life and you should be so proud of all your hard work to get to this point.

Before you make your final decision to accept the role and start a whole new chapter of your life, revisit the questions you asked yourself at the start of your job search:

Does the organisation excite you? You now know so much more about the organisation and you have seen first-hand how they treat a candidate. Are you excited about the prospect of working there?

Are the people great? Did the people you met through the recruitment process strike you as happy, engaged and people you would enjoy working with? Can you see yourself fitting in well with the team? Will you have a great leader?

Will the role challenge you? The recruitment process should have been all about gaining an insight into the role. Does it feel like the right next step for you? Is it work you are passionate about and that will challenge you?


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Assuming you have made the decision to go ahead and accept the role make sure you follow up any verbal acceptance with a written note. If you are returning a signed contract it is a nice touch to add a cover letter thanking the recruiter or hiring manager for their time and letting them know how much you are looking forward to taking up the role.

Take the opportunity to personally thank everyone who helped you in your job search. The people in your network that may have let you know about the role or had insights into working for the company. You may have even been referred for the role by someone within the company. There may be a mentor or coach you would like to thank. Perhaps your current leader was really supportive during your job search. Typically you will have asked people to act as referees and of course, don’t forget your family and friends who supported you during this time.

Depending on the relationship and involvement in your job search anything from an email to a coffee catch up to a thoughtful gift will go a long way to show your appreciation over this time. Make sure you also let the people who helped you know that you would be really happy to return the favour should the opportunity arise.


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No doubt you are really excited about your new role. They say a change is like a holiday and starting a new job is no exception. Perhaps you started looking for a new role because you were not happy in your current role.

No matter what your situation or how much you have grown to dislike your current role it is critical you do not burn any bridges. You never know where you will work in the future or who you will work with and the way that you treat your current company and colleagues speaks volumes about who you are and what you stand for.

With this in mind resign with professionalism and respect. If your current employer has not been aware of your job search, make sure you resign as soon as possible once you have accepted a new role. If you don’t move quickly you run the risk of your employer finding out about your new role through another avenue and this reflects poorly on you.

Your employer deserves to hear of your resignation directly from you. Typically, you would ask to meet with your manager and resign verbally to them in this meeting. Often this would be followed up with a written resignation.

In both your verbal and written resignation focus on the positive aspects of working for the organisation. Outline what you have gained in the role and thank the employer for the opportunity. If you feel you have been mistreated in the role you do not need to go over the top and make your resignation disingenuous but most of the time we can pull out some positives about the time we spent in a role.

Plan to work out your notice period and make sure you continue to be a great contributor during this time. You don’t want to tarnish a great track record with a company by letting them down in the final weeks of your employment. Ideally, you want to leave the team and the role in great shape for the next person. If a handover is required, make sure you do your best to set the next person up for success. Think about the handover you would like to receive when you start your new role.

If you have the opportunity take a break between finishing one job and starting the next. Of course, this is a not always possible but when it is you have a really valuable opportunity to take a holiday or just relax at home and prepare yourself for your next challenge.


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