Getting a job offer is supposed to be wonderful, but it can also be overwhelming or even confusing. Many job seekers assume they need to respond immediately, but rushing through the process can have you making a decision you later regret. Instead of giving in to the excitement or pressure, it is best to really look at the opportunity objectively to ensure it is actually right for you. To help you manage the process, here are some tips on how to evaluate the job offer the right way.
Review the Compensation
While money isn’t everything, it’s always a part of the equation. You need to make sure that the salary allows you to handle your financial obligations1 and the benefits package touches on all of the key points you want to be covered. If taking the position impacts your budget, such as by extending your commute, requiring a new wardrobe, or expectations regarding social activities that must be paid for out-of-pocket, consider that as well when you consider whether the compensation is suitable.
If you can’t make ends meet based on what is being offered, the salary is nowhere near competitive based on the position, or the benefits don’t include items you truly value, it may make financial sense to decline the offer.
Consider the Culture
One of the more common points that make job seekers uneasy about accepting a position is the company culture. Sometimes the environment doesn’t appear to be a good fit based on what you saw or otherwise learned during the interview, or opportunities for professional development and advancement seem limited, making you question how much the job can help your career.
In all of the above cases, it’s important to recognize that if you accept the offer, you’re going to be spending a lot of time working there. If you aren’t sure you’ll fit in, it is natural to be uncertain about saying yes.
Review the aspects of the work environment that help determine if you’d be comfortable and feel like part of the team. This can include everything from whether it is an open workspace or cubicle environment, the dress code, and parking (covered/uncovered) or parking fees in some instances.
Also, consider whether there are enough opportunities to learn and grow based on your goals2 and if you think you’ll be suitably challenged or engaged by the work itself. While no job may come with everything, there needs to be enough there to keep you interested and motivated. Otherwise, taking the position may not be wise.
In the end, your job and your life outside of the office need to balance in a way that makes you comfortable. If a job comes with a significantly longer commute or limited paid time off, that needs to be factored into your decision. Similarly, if the work requires you to be on the road more, you should consider whether you are interested in taking that much time away from home.
Other considerations can include whether you have the option of working remotely part of the time or if flexible schedules are offered to help promote work-life balance.3
In the end, you need to decide if you can be happy if you accept the job offer. If, after reviewing the areas above, you don’t believe you’ll be satisfied, it’s either time to negotiate or turn down the job offer and continue your search.
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If you are interested in finding a position that will make you enthusiastic about saying yes to the offer of employment, the recruiters at Employ Partners can help you find an ideal job. Contact us today to work with a leader in staffing services in Atlanta and see how our services can help you find an opportunity you can accept with certainty.