You just received a job offer, and you’re so thrilled you want to pick of the phone and shout “Yes!” to the hiring manager.
That understandable–but not advisable. It’s vital that you take some time to assess the offer carefully so that you can make an objective decision rather than an emotional one. After all, you’re committing, and you don’t want to have regrets later.
So, how do you go about making this important decision? Well, first of all, you must look beyond the starting salary. Remember, you’ll be spending a large chunk of your days at this job, so you owe it to yourself to look at this offer from every conceivable angle.
Here are a few items to consider before you make your final decision and pick up the phone:
Your paycheck matters
While it might not be the only thing to consider, money is indeed an essential part of the decision. Make sure you can make ends meet with this salary while understanding that this is just your starting pay. However, if the offer is insultingly low, you can’t accept the offer without further discussion. Don’t agree to a salary that you know you will regret a few weeks down the road.
Consider the benefits
Benefits and perquisites (perks) can add substantial value to the offer. You can’t downplay the importance of health, life, and disability insurances. And you need to consider vacation time, sick days, and other perks like gym memberships and daycare.
What are the hours? How long is the commute?
Make sure you know the hours you’ll be working and if overtime is expected or required. If your life revolves around a 40-hour week and your new job will require 50 hours, you need to think about the impact that will have on your work-life balance. Also, remember that if your new job is 45 minutes away, you’ll be adding another hour-and-a-half to your workday.
Does the company offer flexible schedules?
Many workers need to have flexibility in their schedules. Whether it’s because of young children or aging parents, some individuals can’t fit within a standard work week. If the company can’t (or won’t) accommodate your need for flexibility, you’ll probably have to pass on the offer.
What is your gut telling you?
It doesn’t sound rational or scientific, but sometimes you have to listen to that inner voice that we all have. Does everything seem to line up, but you have that uneasy feeling that this might not be the right place for you? More often than not, our gut feeling is right, so don’t just pass it off without giving it some serious thought.
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