How to Evaluate Your Next Job Offer

On November 15, 2016 by Alix R. Rubin, Esq.


You’ve received a job offer in your field at the appropriate level with a reputable company.  Salary and benefits are spot on.  You’re ready to sign on the dotted line. But wait!  Before you do…let’s take a closer look.

Here are some key questions to ask yourself when presented with an offer letter or employment agreement.




  • Are my job title and responsibilities clearly defined?
  • When is my start date?
  • Where will I be working?
  • Will I receive a guaranteed or discretionary bonus?
  • Who will I report to?
  • Will I have any restrictions, such as confidentiality, non-solicitation or non-competition?
  • Which state’s law governs?
  • Is my employment “at will” or for a definite term?
  • Will I receive severance pay if I’m laid off?
  • Is the offer contingent on anything?

If you’re comfortable with the answers and understand all of the ramifications, go ahead and sign.  If you’re not sure, it pays to consult with an experienced employment attorney.



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