How to accept, negotiate or decline a job offer

Magic Team
May 11, 2021

Finding a job can be frustrating, especially if you've been looking for a long time. Therefore, it is expected that you take the opportunity and accept the job offer as soon as possible. However, before accepting a job offer, you should take the time to evaluate the offer and make sure it is right for you. If you are interested in the position you have been given and feel that the offer is strong enough, you can consider negotiating the offer. 


How to negotiate a better offer

Once you have decided whether to negotiate, accept or reject the offer, there are ways in which you can learn to deal with the situation.

A combination of salary and benefits that works for you is an important consideration when you take up employment. There are several steps you can take when negotiating a job offer from a potential employer. 


First, research the job's salary on offer to get an idea of what you are worth. After doing your research, you can write a counteroffer email to the employer to start negotiations. Counteroffers should be in the format of a business letter with relevant contact information.

Include in the introduction why you are interested in the company and a few reasons why you would be an ideal employee. Ensure that you start each new paragraph with the reasons you want to include in your counteroffer in the main body. Then, in each paragraph, you should explain why you consider the counteroffer appropriate. Finally, the conclusion of the last paragraph should be a summary of why you believe you are fit for the role and what the company should do to consider your counteroffer. If you want to insert a sentence that asks the employer to discuss your counteroffer with you, tell the employer to contact you directly. 


How to accept a job offer

If you have been looking for a job for a long time and have finally got a job, it is satisfying to accept it. While you can accept a job offer by phone or in person, it is more polite to email your prospective employer with the job offer and letter of acceptance. Sending a letter of acceptance gives you the chance to confirm that the company has indeed made you an offer.


You should keep your cover letter short to ensure that you only include the most important information. Write: Confirm acceptance of the job offer. Gratitude and appreciation for the opportunity.


Once you have the job, indicate that your employment is finished and confirm your new start date. Confirm the details of the package you will receive (i.e., salary, benefits, job title, etc.).


How to decline an offer

Getting a job offer can be exciting, but it's not always the best thing to do if you're looking for work. If the job doesn't give you the package you want, that's a good enough reason to turn it down. If you think you are being intimidated, or if the relationship between your future boss and the company seems a little unstable, these are all reasons why you should reject the offer. There are many times in life when it makes sense to turn down job offers.


If you turn down a job offer, it is polite to send you a letter to help you maintain a positive relationship with your employer. You will benefit if you apply for a different role with the same company in the future. If you wish to turn down a job offer, you can do so at any interview stage. During the interview, there may be several phases in which you wish to withdraw after receiving the job offer. This may be because you do not believe that the job is right for you after receiving and accepting the offer or thinking the business environment is right for you.


Last Thoughts 

Even if you're happily employed now, we still recommend staying up to date with your industry’s job market. You never know when your dream job is just around the corner!


Magic is a great platform to find your dream job.After you create your profile, potential employers will seek you out based on your experience, skills, and salary expectations. However, your identity and contact details will remain anonymous until the point that you are scheduled for an interview. To get your dream job, click here.

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