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Job Offers

Congratulations! You got the job. A job offer can be offered verbally or in writing. The style depends on the disposition of your new manager and the type of work you will be doing. If you are going to work for a company that has certain regulations and rules you must agree to, the offer will come in writing and you will be required to sign it before you start work.

Before you sign a job offer letter, be sure to read the fine print. Usually, the offer that you received verbally is accurately captured in the letter, but other times it is not. Make sure the letter clearly describes:

  • Your start date and first shift time.
  • Hours of work.
  • Terms of pay.
  • Mandatory deductions (union dues, benefits, etc.).
  • Uniforms. (Do you have to wear one? When? Who pays for it – you or the employer?)
  • Non-competition clauses.
  • Vacation.
  • Other terms you negotiated.

Some employers do not routinely produce a letter of offer, but it is always a good idea to ask for one, and to keep it in a safe place at home. For example, students who work part-time during school often work in the service industry. They need to know whether the employer expects them to work shifts that will interfere with school. Although in some jurisdictions, students are prohibited from working after 10:00 PM, other communities may schedule students for any hour. Some young people are surprised to learn they are expected to be at work until 1:00 AM on a school night. Don’t get caught by surprise.