What to Consider Before Accepting a Job Offer
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What to Consider Before Accepting a Job Offer

Deciding whether or not to take a job offer is a big decision, one that should not be made lightly. But salary isn’t the only thing to consider. Make sure to look at the total picture before you sign on the dotted line.

Ensure everything in the documents adds up to what you were offered verbally. Details to look out for are title, department, location, work hours, vacation entitlement, salary, benefits, start date and more. Carefully review the job requirements, key tasks and responsibilities, as well as whom you will report to. Clarify any discrepancies sooner rather than later.

During your interview, the hiring manager probably explained the required duties of the position, so you should have a basic understanding of your day-to-day tasks. However, factors other than the work itself can impact your level of contentment and productivity.

Therefore you need to consider the work styles of your future boss and co-workers. Is the corporate culture in line with your own values and ideas? If you connect with people, they are likely to have the same feeling for you and they will naturally support you. It’s important to find a company culture that suits your personality, skills, and career goals.

When reviewing the compensation for a position, the salary should not be your only consideration. You can find value in other benefits, such as medical coverage, life insurance, daycare facilities, retirement pay, gym membership, flex time, etc. You also may need certain equipment, like a laptop and cellphone, dedicated to your job. After receiving a job offer, ask for the benefits package so you know what the company offers. If you don’t find the information you need to make a decision, ask your contact or a human resources representative.

Consider opportunities with the organization beyond the current position offered to you. You may or may not want to move up beyond this position. Whatever your plan is you will want to make sure the company has the same plan and that they know of your intentions. You may not be happy in a job if there is no room for professional development or growth.

Careful consideration of the above will help you decide whether to accept, reject or negotiate a better offer. If you are still unsure which way to swing, go with your gut. If your intuition tells you that something is a little off, conduct additional research or ask more questions of the hiring manager before making your decision. Moving into a new role is a big step, and you want to enter the arrangement knowing all the facts. With a thoughtful analysis of the pros and cons, you’ll be able to make the best decision for your career.

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