Yes, the moment you have been working towards.  Gate 7 presents the illustrious written job offer for your next dream job!  Although this is extremely exciting and a moment to celebrate, it is important to take some time to carefully review and evaluate the offer before making a final decision and ‘signing on the dotted line’. Here are our 6 recommendations for you to consider:

  1. Read the offer thoroughly: As simple as this sounds, it pays to take the time to read through the job offer carefully to make sure you understand all the terms, conditions, and details. Each company has their own policies and idiosyncrasies.  Pay particular attention to the position, salary package, bonuses, working hours, start date, and any other pertinent information.
  1. Evaluate the terms and conditions: Assess the terms and conditions of the offer, including any non-compete clauses, confidentiality agreements, intellectual property rights, or other obligations. Make sure you understand your rights and responsibilities as an employee.
  1. Seek clarification if needed: If there are any aspects of the offer that you don’t understand or require further clarification, don’t hesitate to reach out to the recruiter, hiring manager or HR representative. It’s better to seek clarification now before making your final decision and signing the contract.
  1. Consider negotiation: If you feel that certain aspects of the offer could be improved or if you have specific requests, this is your final opportunity to negotiate with your prospective new employer. This could include negotiating over your salary, benefits, additional vacation time, or other terms. If you are going to negotiate the written offer, be prepared to provide justification / reasoning for your requests and be prepared for these to be challenged.  It is important that you remain realistic and keep a clear eye on what you would like to have and what you would be happy with.  Sometimes there is a big difference between these two perspectives.
  1. Consult with others: If you’re uncertain about the offer, consider discussing it with the recruiter you are working with, trusted friends, family members, or mentors who can provide objective advice. They may offer valuable perspectives and insights that can help inform your decision.
  1. Make an informed decision: After careful consideration and evaluation, make a decision based on what you believe is in your best interest. If you’re satisfied with the offer and believe it aligns with your goals, you can accept it. If you have reservations or concerns, you may choose to decline the offer or negotiate further.

Remember, it’s important to take your time and make an informed decision that aligns with your personal and professional objectives and that YOU DO NOT RESIGN from your current role BEFORE signing the contract and returning it to your new employer to finalise this.  Gate 8 is where we provide you with some insights on resigning from your current employer and your current role. Don’t take this step lightly, as this next step is probably the most nerve-wracking step of the entire process, Gate 8 – Resigning from your current role & manager.