Some job opportunities are so enticing and offer such a great fit for your personality that you don’t have any doubt about whether or not to accept a job offer.
However, those offers are few and far between, and more often, you must seriously consider if you should take a job offer or look for something better.
When contemplating a job offer, there are several questions you should ask yourself in order to make a decision you can live with.
What are you looking for right now?
First of all, you should think about what you need right now – personally and professionally speaking. Are you just looking for a source of income? Are you trying to gain experience?
By determining what you are looking for, you can better evaluate what the job has to offer both in the short term and the long term and whether this opportunity suits your needs.
What will be expected of you?
Consider the job description. Does it have a well-defined list of duties that you can see yourself accomplishing on a daily basis? Ideally, these daily duties should fit well with your personal skill set, but also challenge you to grow professionally.
Also, you should have a good idea of what success in the role looks like. There should be clearly defined short-term and long-term goals.
What are the pay and benefits possibilities?
Of course, you need a job that offers the pay and benefits you’re looking for. You also need to figure out if anything is negotiable before you take the job.
That means more than just haggling over a paycheck or paid vacation. It also means discussing the possibility of flexible work hours, company-furnished technology or reimbursement for commuting or other expenses.
After you agree to a compensation package, be sure to get any agreements in writing. Some companies have a standard package they offer, and if this is the case, ask for documentation describing the package in detail.
What will your supervisors and co-workers be like?
The old saying goes, “Most people don’t quit jobs, they quit bosses,” which means you have to be absolutely sure that you will get along with your supervisor.
If you never met your supervisor during the hiring process, or the meeting was very brief, you should be concerned. The person that you’ll be reporting to should be someone who seems honest and genuinely interested in helping you grow professionally. One great way to assess a supervisor is to approach someone who already works for that person and casually ask them what kind of boss they are to work for.
You also need to be able to get along with your future co-workers, so think about the company culture when considering a job offer. If employees prefer to gossip over talking about work issues, it may be a sign of a toxic work environment.
At Cornerstone, we work hard to ensure all our job candidates are placed in the best position to succeed, and that their positions align with their personal and professional goals. If you’re interested in the opportunities we have available, feel free to contact our team of staffing experts today.
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