Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Evaluating A Job Offer

Just because you get a job offer from an organization doesn't mean you have to take it.  I know what you're thinking: How can you possibly say no to a job in this economy?  Shouldn't you just take what you can get?  These are all good points, but you don't want to immediately say yes before carefully evaluating the pros and cons of the offer.  The last thing you want to do is make a hasty decision that you will later regret.  Here are some of the key issues you should consider before making your decision.

Money Talks

It would be foolish to accept a job solely on the amount you are paid, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be a factor.  Weighing the money you will be paid doesn't make you greedy, it makes you smart.  Does the salary you are being offered match up with what other individuals in your field are being paid?  Is this an offer that will be enough to help you pay your bills?  These are all things that you need to keep in mind when considering a salary offer.  If you feel you are being given a raw deal, make sure to read my post about salary negotiations to help you get what you deserve.

Comfort Matters

Consider the culture of the organization you will potentially join.  Does it seem like a place you would be happy working?  Nobody likes waking up in the morning, but you shouldn't dread going to work.  Nonprofit work is hard enough without the stress of a bad work environment.  Ask if you can be shown around the office, and talk to some of the employees.

Perks and Benefits

Money isn't the only thing that can entice you towards accepting a job.  Are you being offered and acceptable amount of sick/vacation days?  Is the health insurance being offered acceptable?  You're not necessarily going to be told all of the details by the hiring manager, so request to get information about the kind of benefits you would get.  Too many employees don't know about this information until they've actually made the decision to join the organization.  Remember, it pays to be prepared.

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These are just three of the things you should evaluate before deciding to accept or decline a job offer.  There are other issues you might want to consider, such as work hours or the commute, but these are the topics that carry the most weight.

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