Your real competition isn't some job hunter off the street. It's the candidate who was
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23. Get it in writing.
The verbal job offer was for $88,500; your first pay check calculates out to $86,800
annually. The title they offered you was Business Development Manager; your new business
card reads Sales Representative. The offer didn't mention that you'd be sharing a cubicle;
you're upset. The manager promised you a performance bonus, but now his boss says
"maybe next year." You took the job because of the stock options they suggested
you'd receive; no one but you remembers that. The manager agreed to give you a third week
of vacation; now HR says that's against company policy.
A verbal job offer is wonderful because it tells you where you stand while the company
prepares the formal written offer. But a verbal offer is like a wet noodle: It doesn't
Get everything you've been promised in writing, and don't accept the
job offereven verballyuntil you have it in writing. A good employer will comply.
(More on this topic in Peeling The Offer.)
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