In this section we offer you advice on the written contract you are likely to receive, and to help explain exactly what you should receive and when. Having an offer in writing will be really important if you are still currently employed, as you don’t want to leave to then find out that you have been let down by the new employer.

You also need to look out for any unexpected changes to the preliminary agreed salary and benefits, working hours and other aspects that were discussed before you were officially offered the job.

To prevent a dispute further down the road, you should look to obtain a written contract from the new employer that you can sign. This will help set everything in stone and prevent any confusion when you are settled into the role. From time to time, an employer may even make a mistake, so you need to be on the ball and spot this right from the start so the contract can be changed and ready to be signed before you fully commit – especially if you are in work and would need to provide notice.

To ensure you are fully aware of what’s expected of you in a new role, find out what kind of probationary period you’ll be under and what training will be offered. The new role might sound very attractive at first, but a lot will depend on the guidance and training you’ll be offered.

Most companies have a probationary period of between 1-6 months. During this time you will be assessed on your abilities to ensure you are right for the job. You can also use this time to see if you are also happy with the role, the department, and the company.