10 things to consider before accepting a job offer
You’ve gone through the trials and tribulations of finding a job and come out on top. You’re filled with anticipation when you see the job offer waiting for your approval. As tempting as it may seem, you need to remain patient and pay attention to the following things on your job offer list
1. Ask yourself if you already know everything you need to know about the role
While you may have applied for the job in the first place because it seemed like a good fit, your understanding of it may have changed during the interview process. Therefore, it’s worth asking whether you and the employer share the same understanding of what your job responsibilities entail and how to evaluate yourself. In addition, consider whether your role = has great value for growth in the company?
2. Consider negotiating a job offer for higher wages and benefits
In the current economy, getting a higher salary may seem like a tricky thing to do, so a little research on the impact of COVID-19 on employers may help you determine if you should ask for an increase. You can find out how the pandemic is affecting their business through their website, press releases, social media, and by contacting employees.
If it’s an early-stage startup and they can’t offer you a larger salary, consider negotiating other benefits such as flexible work hours and paid time off. You can also ask if you are eligible for a raise when the company’s financial situation improves.
However, make sure you have an offer in hand before you start any negotiations.
3. If you receive multiple job offers, ask for more hours
While multiple job offers may seem good (especially in the current economy), you may still find yourself in a bind. Unless you are certain that mentioning multiple offers will hurt your chances of being hired, let the recruiter know about the offers you have received and ask for more time before making a final decision. However, again, make sure you have a written offer from another company.
When evaluating different job opportunities, think about your long-term career goals and understand which job is more likely to lead you to that goal. Also, make sure you understand the salary breakdown and other job benefits so you can make an informed decision.
4. Know the opportunities for career advancement
One way to gauge whether a company values its employees is by reading the job description. Is it just a list of jobs for you, with no mention of what the company can do for you? This could be a red flag. On the other hand, if the company clearly mentions the development opportunities they offer and you believe you can improve your skills, then this is a good opportunity for you. If there are still questions, ask the recruiter for more information.
5. Make sure you are not in a hurry to start work
While your employer may want you to start work right away, this may not be feasible for you. If this is the case, communicate with your employer and ask for enough time. If you don’t have a long list of other requirements, your employer should be able to provide them!
6. Explore the company culture
Company culture will be an important part of your professional growth. Therefore, make sure you look beyond what you see with your eyes.
In addition to scanning company pages and their social media, go through Glassdoor and LinkedIn to get a sense of how former employees feel about the company. However, be careful when browsing through purely negative reviews. Are they written in a professional, neutral tone, or do they seem like the comments of a disgruntled employee?
Also, pay attention to the turnover rate of the company or your role. While it’s true that employees change jobs frequently, is the turnover rate alarming? You can also reach out to former employees through LinkedIn, as they will be more qualified to speak their minds.
7. Think about work-life balance
Try to find out what a typical workday looks like for your role, whether there are flexible hours, and what their vacation policy is. Even if you don’t mind working long hours, you should still make sure the company cares about the personal health of its employees.
8. Remove any doubts about the offer letter
Before you sign, make sure you have understood everything on the offer letter, rather than waiting to think about it as you go. For example, do you understand the terms of the bonus you will receive?
9. Know more about your supervisor and team
The team you work with will have a huge impact on your work experience. So, first find out if you are in tune with your supervisor’s management style. You can ask to have a small meeting with them and ask them about their approach to leading their team. During this meeting, you can also discuss the dynamics of the team. Find out if team meetings are frequent, or if you will be working mostly on your own.
10. Accept the offer letter in writing
Make sure you accept a written job contract! This should include details such as salary, benefits, start date, and other agreed terms.
Once you’ve made up your mind, graciously accept or decline the job offer, thanking them for their time and consideration.
If you’re already jumping up and down with excitement about starting a job, congratulations! However, if the wait for the right job isn’t over, check out the jobs for freshers and start applying!
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