Deciding Whether or Not to Accept a Job Offer
Receiving a job offer is great — now you have to decide whether to accept it. Examine the pros and cons of a job offer so that you don't become cemented in a routine of disappointing work. Deciding whether a job is right for you requires looking at several particulars of the position, the company, and the pay and benefits.
Is the job itself a good one?
Is this job worth one half of your waking hours? Only you can decide. When considering the worthiness of the job itself, ask yourself the following questions:
Does this job allow me to strengthen my marketable skills? Does it offer career mobility?
Do I like the people I would be working with day to day?
Will the boss(es) and I get along?
Will this work hold my attention?
Does the job use the best of my talents, skills, and abilities?
Will this work give me a sense of enjoyment?
Is this a job that “makes a difference?” Do I care?
Do I get to make the important decisions about how I do the job?
Will I have to travel? How much? Is that okay with me?
Will I have to work hours when my friends play? Is that okay with me?
Will this job allow me to add to my personal network?
Will I be visible to people who make decisions?
Could this job be a stepping stone to something better?
Do I need a whole new wardrobe for this job? Is that okay with me?
Is the company a good choice?
Is this a company you admire? When considering the kind of company you may be joining, ask yourself the following questions:
Does the company culture fit my personality?
Does the company have room for advancement?
Are the company policies in writing?
Can I live with these policies?
Is the company in a good position to survive and grow in a competitive market?
What’s the company’s reputation for consideration of employees? Severance policies?
Is the company’s industry growing or shrinking?
Can I handle the commute?
Is the pay enough?
You can be just as happy with a lot of money as a little. For most of us, getting our hands on any money means working at paid jobs for our material things — home, food, transportation, clothing, entertainment, and education.
Compensation comes in a package of base pay, variable pay (such as bonuses), and indirect pay (employee benefits such as health insurance). Weigh each of these factors when considering the company’s compensation package. Ask yourself these questions:
Am I being offered my fair market value in base pay?
How valuable are any variable pay opportunities — bonuses, commissions, stock options?
What good are the benefits? Health insurance (what percentage do I pay; can I choose coverage plans)? Retirement plan? Company car? Vacation time? Sick days? What else?
What is the basis for raises?