How to Evaluate a Job Offer

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Congratulations! Your job hunt is over with the final job offer letter from a reputed employer.

In the excitement of receiving the job offer, celebrations and following the new career plans, do not forget to do the “extra” homework of evaluating your job offer!

Without this, your job search is not complete and 100 percent result-oriented.

signing a job offer letter without evaluating all the details entailed in the offer is not advisable. This becomes even more important when you have a job offer from an international employer. Even if it seems to be your “dream job”, it is imperative to measure all its pros and cons and ensure if it is the right fit for you.

Here are a few things that you should consider at the time of evaluating your job offer:


1.  Assess the Salary:

One of the key points every job seeker considers in the offer letter is the salary information. While evaluating this, do not forget to focus on your basic pay, payment mode, the period of salary review, etc.

Market research holds a great importance to understand your worth. It also allows you to understand the average salary offered to other professionals with the same experience and qualification as yours.


2.  List the Basics:

Apart from salary, other factors’ constitute an important part of your compensation. These include the working hours, job responsibilities, probation period and the number of working days.

The other general benefits like health and life insurance are important. Some companies offer employees with accommodation facilities also. To grab the job offer, it is vital to consider these factors to meet the cost of living.


3.  Access the Future Prospects:

Working abroad adds to your learning and global exposure. However, before accepting the job offer, do not forget to access your career trajectory, future opportunities, learning and job stability. If the job role offered includes all these, it is the right time to grab the offer.


4.  Consider the Working Conditions:

Working in a healthy work environment is vital for your personal as well as professional growth. Hence, if your employer offers work conditions that promote your loyalty to the company and productivity, the job offer is indeed a good one! Apart from this, check if the company supports training sessions, educational workshops, and other learning & development sessions. If yes, you can definitely think about accepting it.


5.  Don’t Just Go for Anything:

Planning a dynamic and promising career is something we all aspire to achieve. However, is it not wise to randomly accept any job offer that comes your way. Any decision taken without considering its merits and demerits might cost you in the later stage of your employment and career. Take your time and do not hesitate to wait for the right opportunity to knock your door.




Accepting the offer

Finally, if you are ready to accept the offer:

–  Follow up with the employer by sending an email. It should include your confirmation of understanding of the job details such as salary, joining date, title, position, duties, and benefits offered.

–  Include a ‘Thank You’ note to express your dedication and enthusiasm for accepting the offer.


Declining the offer 

If you cannot accept the offer:

–  Be professional and positive in sending the message. You may need to apply for any other position with this company in the future.

–  Send a letter that explains why you have chosen not to accept the offer now. Doing this, it creates an opportunity for negotiation.

–  Ensure to close the message with a ‘Thank You’ note for offering you the employment offer.

Taking some time to evaluate any job offer is a right thing to do. After all, you would not want to land into an inappropriate job and cost your career!


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About Swati Srivastava

Swati Srivastava is an avid writer who loves to pen down her ideas and career tips for professionals working across the globe. Her blog posts, new career stories, and articles inspire many job seekers.

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