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The job offer – what next?

Posted by: Lynn Sedgwick

You have a selection of fantastic job offers on the table, all you have to do is choose the one that suits you. After your hard work drafting your CV, networking and making applications it’s a weight off your shoulders. Imagine how disappointing it would feel to have only one average offer – or none at all!

Tailoring your CV to each application, applying for more than one job, and being clear about what the ‘best’ job offer looks like to you will land you in the fortunate position of multiple offers. So how do you get there and what comes next? This guide has the insight you need. 

Communicate with your legal recruiter

A specialist who is familiar with the intricacies of the legal profession will be your greatest ally throughout the recruitment process. But in order for them to help you, you need to help them. That means making sure your CV is up to date and tailored for each position you apply for. Be honest with your recruiter about what you want to achieve – personally and professionally. What will you compromise on and what’s a no-go? Relaying this information will give you the chance of receiving the very best offer for you.

Giving your notice and handling your ex-employer

Some mutual respect and diplomacy on your part should avoid a tricky situation. These tips will help you manage the process:

  • Be respectful when giving your notice. A long list of your employer’s shortcomings will leave a bitter taste and will burn bridges faster than you can say ‘gasoline’. Have a face to face conversation with your direct manager and follow up in writing. 
  • Help prepare for your departure by leaving work in a good state for someone else to pick up and ensure you prepare a thorough handover. This will make the transition smoother for your employer and shows you to be the professional you are.
  • Your workload may decrease as you hand over cases and cease to take on new ones. However, under no circumstances should you slack off. You didn’t start your time with the firm that way, so don’t end it that way. 

Remember, the legal world is a small one and you don’t want to have any unsavoury news reach your new employer’s ears. 

Counter offers: what to do if you receive one

It sounds like a fairytale: you hand in your notice and then the partners offer you a pay rise and a host of concessions that you had only dreamed about until now. Great! No need to move after all.

As we all know, fairytales aren’t real. And yet candidates are receiving counter offers: as many as one in two people who resign. In a world of skills shortages, firms are trying to hold onto talent, rather than replace it. So, is a counter offer the answer to your prayers?

Only you can answer that. Think long and hard before accepting a counter offer. Will this counter offer help you achieve your personal or professional goals? Will it remove the doubts you had about your future with the firm? Will extra cash in your pay packet make up for the fact that you’ll still work away from your family for most of the week? If your answers to these questions are not hard and fast ‘Yeses’, it may be better to politely decline. 

Preparing for your next challenge

Arriving at your new job rested, positive and ready is vital to getting the next stage of your career off to the best start. Whether you have a holiday between roles or just a weekend, it’s important that you allow yourself time to mentally check out of your old job.

Spend some time thinking through your achievements and skills, and remind yourself how they fit with the job description. This will boost your confidence and help put any nerves at ease. Do the practical things like ironing your clothes and planning your route to work the night before. This will take the stress out of your first morning. Arriving with a positive, can-do attitude will make all the difference to your first day and beyond. 

The best job offer is the one that’s best for you

Landing the best job offer possible is about landing a job offer that best meets your needs. Does it provide the salary you’ve asked for? Does it allow you to work three days a week? Can you work from home or from a regional office, rather than a central HQ? You are in the best position to answer those questions and find the right path for you. A specialist legal recruiter can be your guide to getting you there.

So, if you’re struggling to get the offers you want, why not download our latest guide or give us a call on 01772 259 121 - we’d be happy to help.

And if you’re still at interview stage, why not have a look at our interview checklist for some top tips? You can also register your CV with us online. 

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