Job Offer Resources

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A job offer is normally the final stage of the recruitment and selection process. If an independent or third party recruiter is involved, they will often assist with the salary negotiation and job acceptance process. However, in some instances of aggressive head-hunting, a job offer may be the focus of the initial contact.

When a job may be offered, it is important for both sides to be aware of what does and does not constitute a formal, legally-binding offer (and acceptance) under prevailing law; the time frame for acceptance and the role of a formal, written contract as proof of offer and acceptance, as well as confirmation of the terms of employment.

A job offer is an invitation to accept employment by a company, extended to a potential employee who may or may not have applied for a vacant or specially created position within the organization. In the case of a candidate applying for an advertised job, this offer will be a formal letter to the chosen candidate with details pertaining to the commencement of employment, including vital information and details related to starting the job.As suggested above,, a headhunted individual may receive an unsolicited job offer as part of an aggressive strategy to poach talent.

For headhunted individuals, the job offer may very well be the centerpiece of the initial approach a company makes toward a prospective candidate. As such, the job offer will serve to introduce the interested company and the vacant position they would like filled by the candidate. Other information such as salary, benefits, and the recommended skill set will be mentioned, as will a cordial invitation to an interview (if the job offer is not in itself already final and further evaluation of the candidate's is desired).

When preparing a job offer, it is very important to take into consideration the candidate you are approaching. A review of their financial expectations and situation, personal preferences, or any other information pertaining to their wants, needs, or areas of expertise can help when considering to make the job offer or what that offer should focus on (salary, perks & benefits, etc.) that the candidate will find appealing.
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