JOB SEARCH / NOV. 26, 2014
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Factors to Consider Before Taking a New Job

Looking for a job can be a very tiring and time-consuming task. Checking job listings, preparing resumes and cover letters, and attending interviews can leave you drained. As a result, getting a job offer is usually a very exciting experience. However, before accepting a job offer, you need to consider the following things:

1. Job description

Take time to evaluate the job requirements, as well as the major tasks and responsibilities. You should also find out whom you will report to. After analyzing the job description, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is the responsibility commensurate with your experience?
  • Do you find the job requirements challenging enough?
  • Will you enjoy the daily duties of the post?
  • Are you ready to change your lifestyle to accommodate the demands of the job?

If your response is no to any of these questions, then it would not be advisable to accept the job offer.

2. The company

It is also very important to analyze the company itself. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • How long has the company been in existence?
  • Do the company values match your own?
  • Is the leadership of the company credible?
  • What is the general corporate image of the company?
  • How does the company contribute to society?

Such questions will help you decide whether or not to accept the job offer.

3. Work environment

Your work environment will play a major role in your effectiveness. Since you will be spending most of your time at work, it is important to work in an atmosphere which enhances productivity. Find out how people relate to each other and how conflicts are resolved in the company. In addition, you need to learn about the general culture of the company. For instance, some workplaces don’t allow certain types of dressing.

4. Compensation

When making a career move, the expected compensation should be a major consideration. This includes your salary, bonuses as well as other benefits. This will determine whether you will be able to attain a comfortable standard of living. Some of the benefits you need to inquire about include life insurance, medical coverage, retirement benefits and even daycare facilities.

5. Distance

During the recruitment process, find out exactly where you will be working from. If the office is too far from your home, you might have to incur additional expenses on your commute. This could also mean more time away from your family. Consider all the factors and decide if taking the job would be a wise decision. This is especially important if the job requires relocation to a different country or state.

6. Career prospects

Before taking a new job, find out if there are any opportunities for growth within the company. Even if the job offers good compensation, future career prospects should be a key consideration. Check past trends in the company to establish if there are any prospects of advancement. Find out if there are people that have actually moved up in the firm from the position you are being offered. If not, it would be advisable to continue with your job search.

Changing jobs is a huge step. This is why it is important to weigh the pros and cons before making a decision. After considering all the factors mentioned above, you could opt to accept or reject the job offer. Alternatively, you could negotiate a more favorable offer.  

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