Receiving a job offer means all your hard work has paid off and you have survived the toughest part of the job search – but now you must decide if this is the right job for you.
Here are four things you could consider before accepting an offer:
- The organisation’s culture and its people
- Salary and Benefits package
- Opportunities for training and professional development
- Does the offer match your aspirations?
Organisation’s culture and its people
Find out about the culture and ethos of the organisation before accepting the job. It is fairly easy to investigate a company’s website for commercial information, but look at its social media platforms, such as LinkedIn and Twitter, to get the insider’s view. Try speaking with other people working in the organisation as this will give you a better picture of how it operates.
Find out about the people you will be working with on a day-to-day basis. If you have already met them what were your first impressions and do they seem happy and content in their jobs?
Salary and Benefits package
Salary negotiations can be awkward, but if you think the offer is not reasonable, then raise it with the HR manager. Find out the typical salary range for the role and look at the benefits package, which can sometimes make up for a lower salary. Remember you may start on a lower salary, but this will increase once you can demonstrate business value.
Opportunities for training and professional development
Ask yourself how this job will help you grow professionally. Will your skills be utilised, and if you need it will training be provided? And will you have a supportive boss who will help you to develop professionally?
Does the offer match your aspirations?
Will this job provide the lifestyle you want? Are you going to be satisfied professionally, does the work interest you and will it make use of your current skills? And consider its impact on your long term career aspirations.
Once you have considered each of these points, you will be able to make a balanced and well-informed decision. If you decide to take the job, you will feel confident and prepared to meet any challenge. But if you decide not to take the job you will know that you have taken the decision based on a thorough understanding of the pros and cons.
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