Careers and Entrepreneurship

Job offers and decisions

Congratulations, you've been offered the job! You may have some things to consider before you accept the role

Receiving and accepting a job offer

Most employers will offer you the job by phone. If you need some time to consider it, thank them and agree on a day when you'll get back to them. Once you've accepted a job, it's good practice to withdraw yourself from any other applications. 

Making your decision

If you're unsure about a job, it can help to think about the suitability of the workplace, role, location, salary, progression potential and whether it supports your career goals. You can talk to us if you need more help with making a decision.  

Getting written confirmation

It's important that you receive written confirmation before starting work. This will usually be a contract covering: start date, job title, salary, hours of work and holiday entitlement, probation and notice periods. You'll need to sign and return it before you start.

Postponing your decision and juggling job offers

If you're waiting to hear back about other jobs, you may want to delay your decision. You can thank the employer for their offer and negotiate a time when you'll get back to them. 

Verbally accepting an offer means you have entered into a contract, so it's important to make sure it's the right decision first. If you turn down an offer, do so graciously as your career may lead you back to the employer in the future.

Probation periods

Most jobs will have a probationary period of 3-6 months. Probation gives you and the employer the opportunity to see if the role is right for you. During this time, you'll have a reduced notice period, usually one week. After this, your employment will be formally confirmed if you have passed probation. 

Booked holidays

If you already have a holiday booked before you start a new role, this shouldn't be a problem if you let your employer know as soon as possible.

Negotiating your salary

Some jobs are advertised as having negotiable salaries or offer a starting salary dependent on experience. You may be expected, or choose to, negotiate your salary in these situations.

Do some research to find out about salaries for similar roles (eg. Glassdoor) and think about how you can evidence that you meet the skills and experience that may be required for a higher salary.

Telling an employer about a disability or long-term condition

Most employers will ask you to complete a health form where you're asked about your physical and mental health. If you have a long-term condition that falls under the Equality Act, you can choose to tell your employer so that they can make reasonable adjustments for you in the workplace.

You can discuss this further with a Careers and Employability Consultant at an appointment if you need more help. 

Tips for your first day 

  • Bring your passport or other form of identification with you to confirm your identity and right to work.
  • Make a good impression by dressing smartly.
  • Your induction will usually include meeting colleagues, a tour of the workplace, information on IT policies and business processes etc. 
  • Keep your communication professional whether in person, by phone, or by email. Find out how to write a formal email.
  • Be respectful and don’t be afraid to ask questions if you're not sure about something.
  • The TalentPool Careers Academy is a free platform to help new starters develop relevant work-ready skills