Things To Consider Before You Accept A Job Offer

Chelsea Lawler

After all of your preparation and hard work, you have landed a job offer. Congratulations! Maybe you thought this day would never come, but guess what? IT DID! So, you have been offered the position at the company! What are the next steps in the process? It is imperative to prioritize the most essential aspects and options of your potential position or positions. We will explore the various options in accepting multiple or single job offers.

1. Money

Yes, I said it. MONEY! In our current economic climate, many individuals are struggling not only find a job, but also a position that pays well. When accepting a job position, it is imperative that you look at the finances. Are you able to pass up the position and wait until something else comes along? Do you have the finances to do that? If your financial situation is shaky, you may be willing to take any job offer that is sent your way. Is that fair or right to you? Ask yourself, do I need to earn money immediately or can I wait until something else comes along? Is the company offering you a fair compensation? Can you negotiate? Be sure to do the math when it comes to the salary and make sure it is an offer you can accept. It is not just about the money when accepting a job offer, but the benefits as well. Will you receive health benefits? 401(k)? It is imperative that you have an honest conversation with yourself and your finances!

2. The Job Opportunity

Prior to accepting the job offer, it is important to take a look at the opportunity. Are you excited about the position? Will the position allow you to utilize your skill set and expertise? Are you passionate about the company and what they have to offer? What about the commute to the job? Can you take time off, if necessary? What about the people you will be working with? What is the management like? It is important to look at the manager or management team to see how they will fit with your management preferences. How do they treat their employees?

3. Company Culture

Company culture may be an area you will not understand until you have started working for the company. During your interview, it is crucial to ask the interviewer about the atmosphere and overall culture of the company. How do the employees operate? What are the values of the company? What about promotion within the company? Does management listen to their employees? Try to seek out current or former employees and get their opinions, if possible. Can you see yourself working in that atmosphere?

4. The Future

With the current job market, your future at your potential job may be unknown. How will the position be beneficial for your future? Will it make you more marketable? What type of responsibility will you have within the position? If you want to make a career change, will the management be flexible in allowing you to do so? Are there networking and training opportunities available?

When looking at these four factors, it is critical to prioritize what is important to you. What are your must haves? It is imperative that you have an honest conversation with yourself about your needs and desires within a job opportunity. Make a list of the pros and cons for the job offer! Being honest with yourself about the job offer will allow you to visualize and answer if the job is intended for you.

About The Author

Chelsea Lawler

Chelsea Lawler is a recent graduate of Philadelphia University with her Master of Science degree in Fashion Apparel Studies. She graduated from Mount Aloysius College in 2010 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Chelsea enjoys running her small jewelry business for vintage clothing, and traveling. With her writing at Career Igniter, she hopes to educate both students and job seekers on the various facets of the job hunting process.

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