Can you ever be completely sure that you’re accepting the right job offer? Will it be one that has you hopping out of bed on a Monday morning, ready and raring to go, or one that’ll end up making you feel bogged down and dissatisfied?
After slogging it out in the job market, searching for the right roles and the right employers, it can be difficult not to jump at the first offer you get. Short of gazing into a crystal ball, it can be tough to know if that particular opportunity is going to make you happier or more successful. The secret to a confident acceptance is learning how to evaluate multiple job offers.
Before you say ‘yes’ to that new job and sign your name on the dotted line, here are 5 tips on how to evaluate a job opportunity, so you can feel confident that the next step you’re taking in your professional career is the right one.
Look at your current level of job satisfaction
It’s worth taking the time to look at your current workplace situation to understand what is and isn’t working for you before you can make a sound decision on where you’d like to settle next.
Despite your desire to move on from your current job, it’s likely that you’ll be offered a raise and/or possible promotion. Counter offers are incredibly tempting, but come with their fair share of risks.
Statistics compiled by the National Employment Association show that over 80% of people who accept a counteroffer are not with the company six months later. Be honest with yourself—could this be you?
The job spec checklist
You’ll be able to get a good idea of how happy each new opportunity will make you by looking at the job spec and asking yourself a few simple questions:
- Are you going to enjoy the day-to-day duties?
- Are there any upcoming projects that will allow you to learn new skills?
- Will you be challenged?
- Are you being given enough responsibility?
- Are you likely to have a good working relationship with your manager and team?
- Does the role come with any lifestyle changes (travel required, commute time, location, hours) that are likely to improve your happiness and job satisfaction?
- Will you have the opportunity to learn new systems and improve your expertise in the latest tools?
If the job is a great fit for you, then the answer to most (if not all) of these questions should be ‘yes’. If you answered ‘no’ but still feel unsure, it could be time to look at arranging a better deal with the art of confident negotiation.
Consider your long-term career goals
It can be hard not to focus on the here and now when looking at a new job or considering a counteroffer from your current employers. Another great tip for assessing the suitability of something new is to compare it against your long-term career plans. Where would you like to be in five years? Where do you see yourself in ten?
If the role doesn’t offer you the opportunity to move towards your dream career, you could easily find yourself in exactly the same place you’re in now—searching for a new job in a few years’ time, no further towards reaching your goals than you were before.
Evaluate the company & the office culture
Do the company’s corporate values fit with your own? Does the company have an employer brand that would add weight to your CV? Could you see yourself being productive in the office environment?
Also consider the work style of your future boss and colleagues and try to assess whether or not there could be personality conflicts further down the road. No one wants to feel like an outsider at work—especially when you spend the majority of your time there! Before you say yes to that new job, take a good look at the company culture and ask yourself whether you like the people, the environment and the social banter they enjoy.
How does the salary they're offering compare to what you made in your last position? Take a look at the benefits package as well. How attractive or generous are the perks (stock options, tuition reimbursement, holidays, etc.)? If you're considering two offers, these additional benefits could be the deciding factor.
If an offer meets most of your requirements but doesn't include a benefit that's important to you, it doesn't hurt to ask if there’s any room for negotiation or tailoring. If you don’t ask, you don’t get!
Now that you know what you’re looking for, you can assess your job offers with confidence and start work in a brand new role that moves you closer towards career nirvana!
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