You Get A New Job Offer…Now What?

Posted on April 18, 2017

A few weeks ago, I had a reader email me about a tricky situation she’s in at work. She currently has a job that she’s happy with but she’s yet to hit the one-year mark at work. She recently ran into an old boss of hers and he mentioned a position at his company being open. This COULD be her dream job. He wants to take her to dinner to discuss. What should she do?

First, this is a common situation. And it’s actually a good situation to be in (pat yourself on the back). This is exactly why we network and stay in touch with our professional contacts! Here’s how to handle:

  • Have dinner with your old boss. A conversation never hurt anyone.
  • Before you go into the dinner, make a list of what you want to do more of in a potential new position – what would your learning objectives be? What do you want out of a job that you aren’t getting out of your current position? Come up with 3 bullet points.
  • Do your homework. Although this isn’t an interview – you still want to walk in  sharp and informed. Go to the company website the day of the interview and read up on your stuff!
  • Know the numbers. How much do you need to make to be a happy and sane individual? If it’s a huge pay cut – you’ll have to weigh the two options and make sure this offer measures up.
  • There is no decision to make until there is an offer on the table. People can  “blow smoke”  as much as they want but until you have an offer letter or email in your hand- you have no decisions to make so don’t stress out.
  • Ultimately, if the money makes sense for your situation — if the position is right, if there is room for growth (which you should ask about), and you have a gut feeling about it — go for it. You don’t want to have any regrets.
  • Don’t make any decisions on the spot. Even if you are 100% sure, give yourself time to think about it. It’s okay to ask, “How long do I have to think about this?”
  • Always thank someone for thinking of you and giving you an offer – regardless of whether you accept.


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