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Find out how to accept a job offer and tips for your first day.

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 youve accepted a job, its good practice to withdraw yourself from any other applications.

Making your decision

If youre 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.

If you decide to accept the job offer, it is important 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.

Youll need to sign and return it before you start.

Deciding to postpone an offer 

If youre waiting to hear back about other jobs, you may want to delay your decision. You can negotiate a time when youll get back to them. 

Verbally accepting an offer means you have entered into a contract, so its important to make sure its the right decision first.

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, 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 youre 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.

Find out about the probation period 

Most jobs will have a probationary period of three to six 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.

Tips for your first day

Starting a new job can be daunting – see our tips below for how to prepare for your first day. 

On your first day you should:

  • bring your passport or other form of identification with you to confirm your identity and right to work
  • try to make a good impression by dressing smartly
  • expect an induction where you will usually meet colleagues, go on a tour of the workplace, and be given information on IT policies and business processes 
  • keep your communication professional whether in person, by phone, or by email 
  • ask questions if you’re not sure about something.

Use TalentPool Careers Academy (a free platform) designed to help new starters develop relevant work-ready skills.

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