So you have the job offer…….what next?

Job Offer and tending resignation


We are often asked by successful jobseekers what to do when they have landed a job offer.  Therefore, we have written a guide, using our experience of the process, to ensure that the transition from job offer to start date goes as smoothly as possible.


Firstly congratulations!  You have suitably impressed and it is important at this stage that you continue to do so.  It is still imperative that you enter into any post offer communications in a professional and timely manner.

We recommend you keep your recruitment consultant fully informed of contract negotiations or questions.  It may be advisable to run through any queries you have with your consultant first as these questions may be easily answered avoiding any concerns or delays.  Your recruitment consultants’ reputation is key at this point, obviously, they are keen for the process to come to a successful conclusion, however, a professional recruiter will also want to ensure that you are making the right move and you are completely satisfied with your offer.  Use your recruiters’ expertise and advice.

Return all offer documentation, reference requests, proof of ID, ASAP.  You should demonstrate to your prospective employer that you are keen and that they have made the right choice with their offer.  Ensure you check all written communications to avoid any errors.  We also recommend following up with a telephone call to ensure safe receipt and to start building your new colleague relationships.


Prior to resigning from any role we advise you ensure you are in receipt of a WRITTEN offer.  This can be either via the post or via electronic mail.

We recommend you exercise both a verbal and written resignation.  A written resignation letter handed to your line manager / appropriate staff member allows for you to focus and ensure your current employer is fully aware of your intentions.  Keep your letter simple.  A guide for inclusion is date, addressee, notice of termination of employment, effective dates and your name and signature.

Ensure you leave on a positive note and ensure you are clear of your notice period.

Try to be as co-operative as possible, appreciate that most employers do not want to lose employees and therefore you may be party to a disappointed or irritated response.  Ensure you make it clear verbally that you will assist with any handover.  You may face a counter offer however it is important at this point to remind yourself of the reasons why you were initially on the job market.


If you are offered a counter offer then we recommend all candidates take a moment to consider the following:

  • Is this offer going to be put in writing and is there a timescale for it to be implemented?
  • Is this what you really want?
  • What were your reasons for leaving and has anything changed?
  • Why did you take the decision to resign initially?
  • Will you have the same standing within the company?
  • If offered an increase in salary how are the funds available and why weren’t you offered the rise previously?
  • Will this increased offer now result in a decreased offer in the future?
  • Do you want to work for a company who only values you when you are leaving?
  • Will your relationship with your boss and colleagues be compromised now they are aware you were considering leaving?
  • Will your commitment be questioned?

Finally – integrity is an excellent character trait!


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Job Offer and tending resignation


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