Get it in Writing.

You got the job offer, you are so excited. But did you really get the job offer?

Companies that are on the up and up will always, not sometimes but always do the following: Send you a job offer, and what is included in that letter is Critical;. Keep that letter, make copies. Hopefully, you will not need to point anything out that is not being done.

Job offers can vary but they should at a minimum have the following information.

Start date, also include that it is only if all background checks come back clean. They will state what background checks are needed could be a drug, criminal, financial. Here often is where the job offer letter will state is the job full time, part time, commission, bonus, flex starting time. Start time, stop time. Also typically in job offer letters, they will ask for a signed copy of the letter to be returned within a certain date, so they know you accepted the job. Many want letter returned by email, fax, or mail even if you call on the phone and accept.

The letter should contain the exact Job Position Title. The exact dollar amount, state are you hourly or salaried, are you exempt or non-exempt. This is critical because it all goes to are you able to claim OT or not. Will state if there is a probationary period and how long it is.

It also should state what your job position entails, giving quite a bit of detail. Now it will not cover everything and most likely will say something to the effect that management has the right to require the employee to work on additional projects as needed etc..

Should list what benefits you are eligible for and what the waiting period is before you can have them.

If you are getting a verbal offer for a company, that does not follow or says they do not do job offers in writing BE Very Careful. Because when it comes down to it. You have no documentation to back you up if there is an issue. The job offer letter protects both the company and the employee. Yes, even with most companies being at will.

Good Luck Everyone!

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