I recently received written job offer (from a big corporation, if it matters) that I decided to accept. I am meant to start at the beginning of April, so I need to hand notice letter to my employer by Friday. I haven't received a job contract from my new employer yet though. Does it matter?
I see there is quite strong consensus that you need contract, before you take any steps, but in my case the job contract will contain one month probationary period. I assume if there is any reason for them to not offer me contract after I hand out my notice, they could use the same reason to terminate my contract at the day 0 of my probationary period.
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Thanks for all the answers so far!
I generally agree with points raised by @gnat and @Player One - it's not a wise choice to commit to a contract with unclear/undefined terms.
From my experience contracts in big corporations are one pagers: with salary, start date, end date, probationary period, notice period stated. Everything else is really not negotiable and described in the same document for the whole company (like "company policy manual" or "collective labor agreement"). This document was presented to me, so I feel like all the conditions are clear.
At this stage I think I'll need to select between If your new employer is serious about recruiting you, they’ll understand that you need a signed contract before resigning. If they don’t, ask yourself if you’re ready to work for them and My bottom line is if the company is well reputed and you have a good feeling about it, go for it now if it makes your situation easier