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Alison Doyle

Job Offers - Yes, No, Maybe?

By June 24, 2013

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What's the best way to handle a job offer? First of all, don't rush to accept it. Even if you really need a job, you don't have to accept the first job offer you get. In fact, in some cases, you might even want to withdraw your application before the hiring process gets to the offer stage.

The salary might not be what you expected and may want to negotiate salary and make a counter offer. Or, the benefits package might not be what you expected and it's going to cost you more than you budgeted for coverage.

It's important to take the time to evaluate the job offer, so you are making an informed decision to accept, or to reject, the offer. The last thing you want to do is to make a hasty decision that you will regret later on.

Consider the entire compensation package - salary, benefits, perks, work environment - not just your paycheck. Weigh the pros and cons and take some time to mull over the offer. It is perfectly acceptable to ask the employer for some time to think it over.

Review sample job offer letters including the letter you'll receive when you get a job offer, letters to accept and reject a job offer, and letters to make a counter offer.

About.com Videos: How to Accept a Job Offer | How to Reject a Job Offer

Poll: What's Most Important to You When Considering a Job Offer?

Ask Alison: Can You Turn Down a Job Offer When Collecting Unemployment?

Related Articles: How to Evaluate a Job Offer | Job Offer Letter Samples

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