Finding a new job can be stressful and a little bit scary. When you get an offer, you might breathe a huge sigh of relief as a result.
However, before you say “yes,” you need to make sure it’s the right fit for you. It’s tempting to simply accept the first offer you get. But if it’s the wrong one, you’re going to wind up unhappy and disengaged. Instead, be patient until a job that’s truly a fit for you comes along.
To help you during the decision-making process, make sure you’re thinking about:
What’s the workplace culture like, and more importantly, is it a fit for you? When you’re not sure, or you’re feeling uneasy for some reason, you need to find out why. It could be that the company has a more formal corporate culture you’re not comfortable with or the opposite—a more laid-back approach to work when you crave structure, clear boundaries, and formality. Whatever the case, make sure you’re going into the job knowing the culture is right for your personality and work style.
Another vital area to think about is compensation. If you’ve been out of work for a while, you might be willing to accept an offer you wouldn’t have had a few months ago. If this is the case, though, really think about what you’re sacrificing. If the salary is a lot less than you expected, it’s not only going to affect your day-to-day quality of life and budget but your earning potential in the future.
However, if you’re making a big career change and the benefits, like time off, healthcare, and retirement, are robust and generous, then it could be worth considering a lower salary. Whatever the case, make sure you’re factoring in these benefits when considering compensation.
#3: Company training and advancement.
Another area to think about is the potential for advancement. Is there room to move up in the company and opportunities to learn and grow, such as through mentoring and continuing education? This can be a huge benefit and can also offset a slightly lower compensation than you expected.
How long is the commute, and is it a concern? If it’s a remote job or a hybrid role, then this isn’t as much of a worry. However, if you’re going to be traveling a lot further than your previous job, this is something to think about before accepting the offer. Conduct a few practice drives during rush hours so you have a true sense of how much time you’ll be traveling. If it’s too much, it can lead to stress, exhaustion, and frustration, even if the job opportunity is a good one.
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