Congratulations! You got the job offer and you’re super excited. Now it’s decision time: should you accept the offer or keep looking? Here are some things to keep in mind as you think it through.
Remember Your Must’s
First, revisit the things you identified at the beginning of your job search that you absolutely-no-matter-what need to live, also known as your “must’s.”
What is your minimum salary requirement, keeping in mind you may not get a raise for a year? What hours you’re expected to work might be critical if you have a child to pick up at day care by 6:00 pm. How long is the commute — 60 minutes could get old after a while if you’re used to a one-way 20 minute trip. Make sure the position meets your personal “bottom line.”
Examine the New Job in Depth
Yes, salary and benefits are important, but think beyond compensation. What is the day-to-day work you’ll be doing? Will you be excited to get up and go to work every day? Will the position challenge you over time, or could you get bored? Will this position and this company provide opportunities to learn new skills and further your career?
How often will you have performance and salary reviews? If you’ve had the chance to interview with your new boss, do you think their management style is a good match with how you like to be supervised? Will you be required to work occasionally at night or weekends?
Here is a checklist of elements beyond salary to evaluate in a job package:
- Health Benefits: What is the monthly premium deducted from your paycheck? When does the coverage start — upon starting work or after a waiting period? Are dental and vision insurance included?
- Retirement: Does the company offer a pension plan or 401(k) requiring employee contributions and do they match some or all of that amount?
- PTO (Personal Time Off): How much paid vacation and sick leave are offered and how do they accrue? What is the maternity or paternity leave policy?
Look at the Overall Company Culture
Not every company can be Facebook or Google with a campus full of perks for their employees, but think about the “feel” you had during your on-site interviews.
Can you envision yourself working there?
Did you see a buttoned-up, corporate culture, a more relaxed start-up atmosphere or something in between? Did employees appear productive and content, or could you sense stress as you walked around? Will you need to buy a fancier wardrobe to fit in, and are you okay with that? Will you be comfortable in the physical work space (cubicle, office or open plan)?
Even if you’ve been searching for a while, you don’t want to jump at a job offer without giving it some serious thought, and your career advisor is there to help. This is the time to get all of your questions answered. If the new offer doesn’t contain at least all of your Must’s, now’s your chance to let the negotiations begin.
If you haven’t found that new job just yet, keep looking: CareerCo can help!