No matter what your reason for seeking employment, searching for a job is hard work. Scanning help-wanted listings, researching companies, sending out CVs and attending multiple interviews can be a lengthy process.
If you're like most job seekers, you're elated - or at least relieved- when your efforts result in an offer. But before you rush to accept a position, take the time to consider it fully.
Here are some guidelines to help you determine whether a job is a good fit for you:
Consider the job description
This may be the single most important factor in assessing an offer from a potential employer.
Ask yourself these questions:
If the answer to any of these questions is no, accepting the position might make you miserable.
Evaluate the company
How well do the firm's corporate values fit with your own? A business that expects 12-hour days when you only want to work eight is probably not a good fit for you. Also consider the work style of your future boss and co-workers try to assess whether or not there could be personality conflicts down the road.
Review the compensation package
How does the salary they're offering compare to what you made in your last position?
Take a look at the benefits package. How attractive or generous are the perks (stock options, tuition reimbursement, holidays, etc.)? If you're considering two offers, these additional benefits could be the deciding factor.
If an offer meets most of your requirements but doesn't include a benefit that's important to you, it doesn't hurt to ask if that perk could be included in your agreement.
Careful consideration of the issues discussed above will help you reach an informed decision to accept, negotiate or reject the offer. If, after evaluating each of these points, you are still unsure, listen to your gut instinct. Maybe there is something about the corporate culture that makes you uncomfortable- if so, it's probably wise to trust your instincts and decline. Accepting a new position is a big step and you want to go into the arrangement knowing all the facts. With a thoughtful analysis of the pros and cons you'll be prepared to make the best decision for your career.