You’ve applied for the job and been for an interview, and now the company has approached you with a job offer: excellent news, and congratulations to you. But hold on there; before you jump in and formally accept the job, there are a few things to consider before signing on the dotted line. You must ensure that they’re offering what was promised in the ad and that everything meets your needs.
You spend a not insignificant amount of time at work, and being stuck in a miserable environment will suck the enthusiasm out of anything quickly. The interview stage is your opportunity to assess how the company culture appeals to you. Ask questions that will give you some idea, and pay attention to how the interviewers answer – are they open and upfront or guarded and dismissive? If that offer comes your way and you have grave reservations, you may turn them down.
Salary And Benefits
Anyone starting a new position wants to earn what they’re worth, but employers often try to save money by offering low remuneration. Often people are too timid to try to negotiate a higher salary and will grudgingly accept a lower-than-expected rate. If you can’t reach an agreement, an employment lawyer is an ideal candidate to mediate negotiations. If a new employer is unwilling to offer a reasonable wage think long and hard whether the pay cut is worth your time (and there will be times it is!).
Where a job is based can play a significant part in deciding if it’s the right one for you. And it’s not only distance from home that you need to consider but things like access (is there car parking or reliable public transport links) and proximity to amenities. Also, consider the route you’d be taking to get to work because a relatively short distance in heavy traffic quickly becomes a tiresome and lengthy commute. No one wants to drive an hour and then struggle to find parking daily.
You need to consider if the number of hours and shift pattern offered to suit your lifestyle needs. Not enough hours offered could leave you without enough money, and an unsuitable shift pattern can interfere with other aspects of life. If the hours suit you, each workday will be much more pleasant as it won’t be at odds with the rest of your life.
Taking a job to pay the bills and no more is perfectly acceptable, especially if you have extracurricular activities that are your passion. However, if you wish to advance a career, it becomes crucial to consider whether a job will support this. Ask questions about career development opportunities, such as additional training and advancement routes. A supportive employer will be upfront in offering this information.
Once you’ve ascertained that you’re happy with the hours, salary plus benefits, and hours and that you won’t struggle to get to work and the hours don’t conflict with the rest of your life, you’re in an excellent position to say yes and sign the contract. Congratulations and have a great first day.