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You got the job! Now what?

June 20, 2017

Congratulations! You’ve got the job.

 

Now what?

 

When you are offered either your first full time job or you are transitioning from another position, you now have several steps you will need to take in quick succession.

 

 

Celebrate

 

Smile. Be happy that your potential future employer saw in you what you see in yourself. You could be a serious asset to your team if…

 

The Boxes Are All Checked

 

About this--What was your initial reason for applying for this job? Were you hoping for a change, switching careers, making a lateral move, making a physical move, etc.? There are many reasons we decide to apply for a job and go through the job process, but once a verbal job offer has been received, you need to take a step back and consider all of the criteria necessary to ensure that you are making the right decision for yourself and those dependent on you.

  • Salary

    • Will the salary cover the NEEDS of your living and provide you with what you WANT?

  • The Package

    • Do you know the details of the benefits offered – stock options, insurance coverage, retirement benefits, etc.?

    • Are there

       

      extra benefits such as child care, company car, phone allowance, etc.?

  • Geography

    • What will the commute be like? Do you have to move?

    • If you have to move will the company cover moving expenses?

  • Living Situation

    • What will your schedule be like?

    • Do you start immediately? Will you get more/less time off for vacation?

    • Do you live by yourself? How will this change how your family lives?

  • Office Situation

    • What will the area where you work all day look like?

    • What is the culture like?

  • Career Advancement

    • Is there a clear path to move forward as you spend time with the company?

Many of the questions hopefully have been answered from the interview. From this list, if there are any changes you or your recruiter would like to discuss with the company, you must now be ready to…

 

Negotiate

If you don’t ask, there is an implicit “no.”

If you do ask, what will happen?

When you or your recruiter negotiates, you will need to have an alternative salary range in mind. A range is important so that you understand the least amount which you are willing to be paid for the value you bring to the company. You should be able to define your value with a dollar sign and have your reasoning ready to share with the company.

A phenomenal book to read if you are preparing to negotiate your salary is Get Paid What You’re Worth by Robin L. Pinkley and Gregory B. Northcraft.

Now you get to…

 

Respond To Your Offer.

 

Good luck.

 

Shannon Talent will be there along every step of this process. Check us out.

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