The offer letter

Request that the job offer be outlined in writing. Until you have the offer in writing, you have nothing. A verbal offer can be withdrawn — it happens all the time. Furthermore, having the offer in writing ensures that there will be questions later on about what was initially agreed upon. The offer letter normally consists of the following items:

  1. Job title
  2. Base salary
  3. Incentive compensation (if any)
  4. Agreements as to salary and/or performance reviews
  5. Starting date