In these challenging times, it’s easy to tell yourself that you’ll take any job you can get. However, it can be wise to be prudent because accepting a job offer can alter the course of your life. Your future is at stake along with your finances, career, and happiness.
We don’t mean to sound all doom and gloom, after all income is income, but we urge you to ask yourself some important questions before definitively accepting a job offer.
Questions to Ask Yourself Before Accepting a Job Offer
Will You Be Happy There?
This general question takes all factors into consideration. It can also be a gut-level decision. Some companies will just “feel right” for some unknown reason. Others just feel wrong. Ask yourself if the overall culture and feel of the company are a good match for your preferences, needs, and personality.
Where is the company going?
Companies headed for bankruptcy can still have positions to fill so educate yourself on the past and projected future for the company. Is it in a dying industry? Is the company suffering financial problems? Google them – check the (financial) news. What are the prospects for the company over the next 10-20 years?
Is the pay fair for the job description and your abilities?
This is the most important factor for many job seekers. While money isn’t everything, it’s the primary reason 99% of us work.
Most jobs pay fairly, but this isn’t always true. You should know what you’re worth and what the market is willing to pay. Is your job offer in line with the industry? Is the salary sufficient to meet your financial obligations?
Will I have room to grow?
Smaller companies and departments can have limited opportunities for growth. This might be fine if you’re a younger, single professional with the ability to move every couple of years. It might not be as feasible if you have school-age children that need more stability to thrive.
Are the benefits adequate?
“Employee benefits are non-cash provisions within the reward package, although they can have a financial cost for employers, for example paid holidays, pensions, or company cars.
The current cost of living crisis is encouraging employers to explore how the benefits package can be used to help support employee financial wellbeing and reduce the risk of workers falling into poverty. Those perks that help offset the cost of housing, travel and childcare can be useful to those on the lowest incomes.”CIPD.CO.UK
When deciding whether or not to accept a job offer don’t just consider the salary. What else is on offer?
eg. How much (paid) holiday will you receive? Can you earn more weeks of holiday?
Here are just some of the many benefits & rewards employers can offer:-
- Employee Assistance Programme
- Health & Wellness Initiatives
- Training & Development
- Car Allowance
- Cycle to Work Scheme
- Retirement Benefits (Pension)
Consider all of the benefits before signing on the dotted line.
Do you like your supervisor?
A new job can be great, but a bad boss can make your life miserable. The best managers are clear in their directions and grow their employees for the next level. Ensure that you can work effectively with your new boss.
Do You like Your coworkers?
There are few positions that don’t require interacting with your coworkers. Have you met with the people that you’d be working with on a daily basis? Does it seem like a place with friendly, helpful people? You should already have a feel for the Human Resources department, too – what are they like.
Will You enjoy living in the area?
Does your new job require relocation? £50,000 a year might be enough to live like a king in a small suburb, but you might find yourself struggling in an inner city like London. How do you feel about the surrounding area and the people? Is there enough to do? If you love living the city, you might find living in the country difficult.
Should You Accept That Job Offer?
A new job offer is an exciting event. Few things can change your life more than a new job. Proceed cautiously and avoid focusing solely on the salary. There are many other factors to consider. Ask yourself the important questions before signing on the dotted line.
And if you’re looking for help in ascertaining your values or career path – we can help!