Searching for a job is not always easy! Researching companies, sending out tailored resumes and attending interviews are both exhausting and time-consuming. But like any other job seeker, you sure get ecstatic and relieved when your efforts pay off and result in a final job offer.
Several factors come under consideration when you have to make a decision about accepting the job offer. Clearly the salary package is one of the prime factors, but there are other facets like job satisfaction, culture fit, non-monetary benefits, and company policy that have to be evaluated as well. A lot of times, a pressing need for a pay check overshadows any probable drawbacks of a new role, particularly in a dwindling economy. But when it’s about something as important as your career, you should give yourself some time to mull over all the possible angles before rushing into accepting the approaching offer. After all, a job isn’t a short-term affair and you would ideally want to make a sensible decision.
To help you make a wise decision for your career, here are a few tips for accepting a job offer:
1. Study the Job Description
Your final offer letter mentions your job description and position offered. Carefully go through all the points mentioned such as job responsibilities, key tasks, position offered, etc. that can help you in evaluating an offer. Ask yourself these questions:
- Will you feel challenged enough and enjoy your daily responsibilities?
- Will the responsibilities be aligned to your experience? And will the new job require you to make any lifestyle changes like travelling, longer commuting, rigid working hours that might affect your quality of life?
If the answer to most of these questions is no, accepting the offer might not be in your best interest. While some factors can be ignored, basic problems with the job itself are a definite deal-breaker!
2. Research about the Company
One of biggest blunders that candidates often make is not researching enough about their prospective employers. Researching means digging around for as much information as you can about the company, the culture, success stories, products, services, etc. The more you study about the ins and outs of the company, the better situation you will find yourself in at the time of taking the final decision.
3. Compensation and Benefits
While most people say they work because they love what they do, the truth is that compensation and benefits still gets an upper hand and the biggest influencer for your decision. We all want to get paid what we think we are worth! But if a new job offers you a salary that is notably less than at your present job, it’s important considering whether there are extra benefits that will balance the drop in pay. For instance, if work-life balance is vital for you, inquire about working arrangements like flexi-timing and telecommuting. However at times, benefits like a job with no billable hours or working in a city with an enhanced quality of life are less tangible but still significant. But only you can decide for yourself if and by how much the non-monetary reimbursements will compensate a lower pay check.
4. Career Goals
There’s nothing worse than getting caught in a dead-end job. Therefore, evaluating a job offer is crucial. If you haven’t yet contemplated much on what your personal and professional goals are, now would be the perfect time to do so. And once you know where you’re headed to, you’ll easily identify which jobs will give you the experience and skills you need to get there. So try to get a realistic idea of the growth opportunities present within the company. Does the business model support your bigger career plans? Will you learn new skills and get opportunities to enlarge you professional network? Careful contemplation of the issues above will help you make a decision whether to accept, reject or negotiate a better offer. If, after assessing all these points, you are still uncertain which way to swing, then go with your gut. If your instincts tell you that some things are a little off, do some extra research before reaching any verdict.
Before you make a life-changing decision about your career, make sure you have the complete understanding of where you are heading your career. Believe it, this will help you make a clear decision whether to accept the given job offer or wait for something that meets your career plan.