Receiving a job offer means that all of your applications, research, and interviews have paid off. However, the job search process is far from over. Deciding whether or not to accept the position is a very important, and sometimes difficult, decision. Here are 5 essential factors to keep in mind when you are contemplating your next career move.
1. Job description: Carefully review the job requirements, main tasks and responsibilities. It is also important to know whom you will report to ahead of time. The position itself is the most crucial aspect of the decision-making process. Take some time to figure out if you will enjoy the day-to-day duties, as well as if the level of responsibility is appropriate given your experience. Make sure that the job will be challenging and enjoyable; if not, you will quickly dread coming to work each day. You should also think into the future about whether or not the position offers opportunities for growth.
2. Office culture: The work environment affects how you feel on a regular basis, so make sure you feel comfortable with it. Your boss, your team, and colleagues that will surround you each day are essential for your happiness and success. You’ll spend a large portion of your waking life at this job, so be honest with yourself about what kind of work environment is the best fit for you. Weigh the pros and cons of working for a corporation, a non-profit, or a startup because they are all very different environments.
3. Benefits: A great benefits package can make up for a lower salary, especially if you are saving money on health insurance or are receiving more vacation time than you expected. Plus, if a company offers its employees perks additional perks, it can mean they’re competitive and doing well financially. Additionally, if an offer doesn’t include a benefit that’s important to you, it might be advantageous to ask if that perk can be included in your employment agreement.
4. Stability: Take the time to do research on the company’s recent success and hiring activities. Depending on what particular product or service your potential employer provides, do some research about their competition, as well as the current business market in that industry or field. If the company has been operating successfully during the current economic climate, you’re probably looking at a stable job. If not, you may be setting yourself up for a layoff in the near future.
5. Money: While it is tempting to accept the job position that offers the most money, it is not necessarily the right approach to take. The salary is only one part of the whole package, and the numbers themselves are usually negotiable. You most likely have a reasonable salary range in mind. If the offer is below this range, try negotiating a higher salary based on the market rates for the type job, as well as on your skill set and background.
After you have weighed these important factors, take time to listen to your gut and look at the big picture. Careful consideration of the above-mentioned aspects will help you decide whether to accept, negotiate, or look for a better offer.