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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 stand up.

Get everything you've been promised in writing, and don't accept the job offer—even verbally—until you have it in writing. A good employer will comply.

(More on this topic in Peeling The Offer.)







































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