April 21, 2014

Why Employers Should Include a 48-Hour Expiration Date in an Offer Letter

By Meredith Dean, Executive Recruiter, IT Division

Meredith Dean, IT Recruiter

The whole point of any hiring process is to fill a current hiring need. The hiring process isn’t done until it’s done. That means getting the offer letter signed and assuring that the candidate arrives at the new employer on the appointed day.

 

So as soon as the ideal candidate is identified: make the offer, manage the variables, and minimize the risks to successfully hiring him/her. (more…)

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February 24, 2014

The Top Ten Things to Include in an Offer Letter

By Jon Piggins, Executive Recruiter, IT Sales & Marketing

 

Jon Piggins, IT Recruiter

Jon Piggins – IT Recruiter, Sales & Marketing

Offer letters are used to inform a prospective employee that he or she is being offered a position. The offer letter provides general expectations and basic terms of employment if the candidate accepts the offer.

 

Employment agreements are generally more formal documents that go into greater detail in defining an employment contract, such as setting forth the performance and duties and the remedy for any breach of contract.
 

What to Put in an Offer Letter

 1. Excitement

This is an exciting moment for both the candidate and the company, and the hire is not over until everyone has signed on the dotted line and the work has begun. So convey your excitement and close the deal!

Ex. On behalf of (Company), I am pleased to offer you employment on the terms and conditions set forth in this letter.  We look forward to working with you and believe that you can make a very significant, positive contribution to the success of (Company). Our company offers you an opportunity to put your experience, abilities, dedication, energy and creativity to excellent use. Welcome to the team! (more…)

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June 20, 2011

How To Evaluate a Job Offer

How To Evaluate a Job Offer

Congratulations! You’ve received a job offer. Now what?

 

First of all, ask yourself if you want this job. Hopefully you spent the time up front to evaluate the company and the position prior to pursuing it.  Sometimes things happen faster than you expect and you haven’t fully explored the opportunity. There are a lot of important aspects to research and consider when you are evaluating an employment opportunity. The more you know before the offer, the better position you’ll be in.

A company’s values, vision and corporate culture are going to fundamentally affect you on a daily basis. Does the company you are evaluating motivate and speak to you? Do you feel like it will be a fit with your personality and work style? Just as dating someone with a fundamentally different belief system would be a great challenge, so will working for a company where you do not buy into the mission and vision. (more…)

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June 15, 2011

Employers Beware: When Social Media Says Too Much…

Shannon Tinker

Shannon Tinker

Employers Beware:
When Social Media Says Too Much…

By Shannon Tinker

This month, Redfish explores the importance of background checks and references before extending a candidate a job offer. Responsible hiring decisions usually include basic steps to double-check that a candidate’s credentials are legit.  With an applicant’s consent, employers can quickly get reports about a candidate’s credit and criminal record, and this is perfectly legal.

In addition to old school, traditional background and reference checks, employers now have access to data that would make even the most seasoned Private Investigator blush.  Social media has opened the playing field making it fairly easy to gather personal information about most of the computer using public.  Employers can learn a lot about a job seeker through her online profile, in fact, if they’re not careful, they can learn too much. (more…)

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April 20, 2011

Do You Have Your References in Hand? You Should!

Do You Have Your References in Hand?

You Should!

 

Whether you are an active job seeker or not it is always good to be prepared.

Obviously if you are on an active job search, you want to be prepared. Some hiring processes are lengthy, but sometimes a job offer can come faster than you anticipated. If you have your references together, you demonstrate your professionalism and preparedness to move.

What if you are perfectly happy where you are and haven’t even thought of looking? (more…)

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