Evaluating Job Offers
Sometimes job seekers get several job offers and they face the tough task of choosing the right opportunity. Sometimes it is easy to choose. Sometimes it is not. Therefore, we believe that the best way to accept the right job offer is based on objective evaluation rather than emotions. Even if you receive just one job proposal you better evaluate it first and only then make a decision either to accept or deny it.
How To Evaluate?
Obviously, the very first thing you have to pay attention to is salary. If you believe the company isn’t going to pay just compensation for your work, then you will likely quit sooner or later. Please, keep in mind that you probably won’t have a promotion/raise for about 1 year or longer as companies usually don’t do it unless someone works for them for 12 months. Sometimes if it hard to calculate realistically how much do you want the company to pay you so it is always better to have a salary range in mind (not just one amount). It is important that you have your desired salary range based on market rates for the position and for the skills you can offer. When you decide on the acceptable salary range you should take note of local prices as they may be higher than in your area.
The second thing you should do when evaluating a job offer is to check the benefits package offered by the company. Sometimes it makes sense to pick the company which will pay a lower salary, but offer a better benefits package. It can cover health matters, schedule, vacation time, etc. So when you are looking at the benefits consider the following things: health insurance, retirement plan, and time off (vacations, sick leaves, etc.). These three areas are the most important as depending how good the offered benefits package is you are to make the choice. Before making the final decision ask about when the benefits will kick in. Sometimes companies don’t start your health coverage until you have worked for 6 or 12 months. We bet you don’t want surprises like that after you have given your agreement.
Lastly, you should know what they are hiring you for. What will you be doing on a daily basis? Many job seekers are happy with the job titles which assume the list of specific responsibilities, but that is a mistake. YOu should find out in details about your daily duties and expectations; otherwise you can have another unpleasant surprise.