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March 19, 2019

What to Consider Before Accepting a Job Offer

The job searching processes can be long and exhausting, so when you find a great fit and receive an offer, it can be hard not to say “yes” immediately. However, it is important to carefully consider all aspects of the job offer to know you’re getting everything you need and want from your future employer. Here are the top five factors of a job offer that you need to consider before you accept.

1. Salary

Pay is, of course, a key part of every job offer. Most importantly, you need to ensure that the salary will allow you to continue to pay for all your expenses. But more than that, you want to make sure you’re being offered a compactivity salary for the position, industry, and company size. Glassdoor has a great salary calculator called ”Know Your Worth” which lets you compare what you were offered to what others in the same position are earning.

2. Benefits

Depending on how expansive it is, your benefits package could be worth as much as your salary. Health insurance, life insurance, vacation time, sick time, and more all fall under the umbrella of benefits. Depending on your age, health, and family structure, you must make sure your employer is giving you the benefits you need, and if not, that you have flexibility in your salary to pay for what you are not getting out of pocket.

3. Hours/Travel

Although many office jobs are nicknamed “9 to 5”, that isn’t always the case. It’s important to ask what the work hours are and how much flexibility there is to shift them earlier or later. If you will have a lengthy commute, a 9-hour work day could result in 11 hours out of the house. Furthermore, if your new position requires travel, you will want to make sure you know you’ll be able to manage the time away from your family and other commitments.

4. Company Culture

On average, you spend over 10,000 hours at work a year, so you want to make sure you will enjoy your time at your new job. Office layout, dress code, employee attitude, managerial style, and more can all affect how you feel when you walk into the office every morning. Although this isn’t specifically part of a job offer, if the company culture is too different from what you are used to, it could potentially negatively impact your happiness at work.

5. Job Fit

Regardless of where you are within your career, it’s important to make sure this next job is furthering you in your job progression. Make sure you have a clear understanding of every aspect of the position so you can gauge if you will need to brush up on any skill as well as ensure that you will still be challenged and grow. Hopefully you will be in this role for some time, so you not only want it to be the right fit for where you are now, but also prepare you for where you will want to be next.

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