Just confirmed? What to do when you get a new job offer

It can be hard deciding to switch jobs when you have just joined a company.

Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve just been confirmed in one job and receive a job offer from another employer?

If this has ever happened to you, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons carefully before making a decision.

Why you should consider the better opportunity

Just because the job offer sounds really good on paper, doesn’t mean it’s the perfect job for you.

To figure out whether or not the new job offer is the right one for you, ask yourself these questions.

  1. Does this job favour you in terms of commuting, work hours, salary, job title, benefits, etc?
  2. Do you have a good understanding of what you will be expected to do if you accept?
  3. Will you be excited and satisfied if you take up this new job offer?
  4. Is the company culture a great fit for you?
  5. Will you be able to climb the career ladder if you take up this new job?
It’s sometimes not worth switching jobs so early as it may give future employers an impression that you’re a job-hopper.

Why you should consider staying at your current employment

In certain fields, job-hopping isn’t a problem while in others, it may create a negative impression about yourself.

This factor matters as it entirely depends on your employment history.

If you had long-term employment before, making quick jumps won’t hurt your career.

Keep in mind that employers can find out whom you’ve worked for, even if you try not to disclose it, with a simple background check.

Assuming you made the jump to the new job, the last company may not be interested in taking you back in the future; especially if you’re in an industry where there is a limited number of employers.

Assess your career values

When considering taking up a better job, your career values count as one of the most important factors that will help you determine your choice.

While not all values can offer as much emotional fulfilment, they will certainly make your working life much easier.

Here is a list of these types of values:

  1. Competition
  2. Work collaboration
  3. Working environment
  4. Camaraderie
  5. Developing things
  6. Less stress
  7. Autonomy
  8. Sense of adventure
  9. New challenges
  10. Creativity
  11. Diversity
  12. Employee benefits
  13. Fast pace working style
  14. Fun and enjoyable
  15. Influencing others
  16. Location
  17. Job security
  18. Travel
  19. Work life balance
  20. Supportive management
Be sure to inform your boss about your imminent resignation as professionally as possible.

How to make a proper exit

If you have opted to take up the better job offer, it’s important to ensure that you are able to resign from your job as gracefully and professionally as possible.

Be sure to provide adequate notice to your employer and if you have an employment contract that indicates how much notice you should give, abide by it.

Write a resignation letter and inform your supervisor in person that you’re quitting.

How to talk to your boss about your resignation

Before you speak to your boss, determine the best way to explain that you are resigning.

The key here is to share the details minimally and to only focus on the positive side.

You don’t need to talk about your next job, or the company and you don’t have to explain the reasons behind your departure.

Thank your boss for the opportunity of working at the company despite it being brief.

Follow up with your notice and inform your boss about the specific date you will be leaving.

To conclude the conversation, include any essential details about the transition of your responsibilities.

You can even provide a transition document that lays out your day-to-day tasks, if necessary.

This article first appeared in Jobstore. First launched in New York, Jobstore is one of the largest job distribution platforms which offers services in over 10 countries.