October 08, 2013, 12:37 PM — Important Task #1: Get the job.
Important Task #2: Go over the offer letter with a fine-tooth comb.
Recruiter and careers expert Arnie Fertig says new hires should examine their offer letters thoroughly to ensure nothing verbally agreed upon is left out.
"If you regard an employment offer letter as being non-negotiable and sign it without careful review and clarification, you may set yourself up for trouble down the road," he notes in U.S. News & World Report.
Fertig says new hires should ensure everything discussed and agreed upon in an interview or follow-up communication is present and clearly spelled out in detail.
"If you have been promised something verbally pertaining to your employment, make certain that it is included in your offer letter," he advises.
Why? Won't a company or manager stand by their word? Not necessarily. A verbal offer isn't binding, a signed offer letter is.
Notes business and employment attorney Todd Bennett: "It's almost like, if it isn't in the offer letter, it didn't happen."
He cites the example of an employee who was verbally promised four weeks vacation, yet later finds out he only receives two weeks. The employee reads the employee manual and discovers the standard is two weeks. If the promised four weeks is not included in the offer letter, Bennett says the company could use its employee manual as justification and the new hire has no proof of the verbal offer – and two fewer weeks of vacation.
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via U.S. News & World Report