Assessing a Job Offer

While securing a job offer can be difficult in a competitive employment market, it can be equally challenging to determine if that situation is right for you. Generally, the people who know you best are the best ones to turn to for guidance.

In a recent Robert Half International survey, 42 percent of executives said they first turn to their spouse or significant other for advice when considering a job change. Twenty-eight percent of respondents said they would consult a mentor.

Your closest confidants are best suited to help you assess a career move because they understand your professional goals and personal ambitions. But regardless of whom you turn to for guidance, there are several important factors to consider when determining whether a position is a good fit. Below are a few tips:
Size up the firm. Is the company financially stable? In addition, ensure that its values are consistent with your own and that the corporate culture is one in which you can thrive.

Assess the job itself. Will you enjoy the day-to-day responsibilities? Are you likely to find the position challenging after several months? Also determine if taking the job will result in any significant lifestyle changes, such as a longer commute or increased travel, and whether you are willing to make the necessary adjustments.

Look at the big picture. Consider the career implications — does this job fit into your long-term plan? Look for opportunities that will enhance your career growth and broaden your skills.

Evaluate the compensation plan. Does the package cover your basic expenses? Is it competitive with those from other companies? Assess whether or not the salary, benefits and perks offered meet your short- and long-term needs. Also make sure that you'll be given opportunities to earn raises and bonuses for outstanding performance.

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