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How To Evaluate A Job Offer

by oldcat, published: 2011-08-02 03:05 viewed: 266 times
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Below are tips/suggestions when evaluating a job offer.

The Seven Most Important Factors

A well developed approach is needed at this point and you should consider the following factors before making your final decision. Adjust the percentages based on your needs and values.

1. Job Content (30 percent Important)
Your first test for any offer is the nature of the work. People master the basics of the job between three weeks to six months. Ask yourself, "Am I proud of the products or services of the employer? Is the job interesting to me? Does this position fit into my long-range career plans and personal goals?" No matter whether the job is a lateral move or promotion, job
content is most important. You can explain to your next employer what skills you learned no matter what your job title.

2. Your Boss (20 percent Important)
Don't dismiss this concern. Ask yourself honestly, "Can I work and get along with this person?" Almost as important as the chemistry is how the boss will serve as a mentor. You will want to feel comfortable with his/her interpersonal and management style. You will want to work for a supervisor who is capable and interested in your growth. Without a boss who is committed to helping you learn and succeed, other benefits aren't worth as much.

3. Salary and Benefits (15 percent Important)
Is the salary at market level? If you're not increasing your salary against your current or previous jobs, will you at least get the going rate'? Would taking this position create economic hardship? How are individual increases determined (performance, job level, length of service, etc.)? How are salary reviews and promotions handled? Your salary should be reviewed on a regular basis; many organizations do it every 12 months. Your potential for salary growth quickly becomes more important than your starting salary. Don't think of salary as the only compensation you will receive. Remember: people working solely for money will eventually feel unfulfilled. Think also of the benefits package when considering the offer.

4. Your Co-Workers (10 percent Important)
Will I fit into the corporate culture? Sometimes peers can be more difficult to deal with than a prospective boss. Talk to your potential boss about them before you accept the position. Get a sense of their personalities and work styles.

5. Typical Work Week (10 percent Important)
What is a typical work week like? How many hours a week does the position require? Remember your other commitments to family, friends and outside activities. Ask yourself, "Can I really coach soccer and be a star in the workplace?" Which matters most to you?

6. Location (10 percent Important)
Do you like the location or region where you'll be working and living? How long and arduous is the commute? Don't underestimate location as a satisfaction issue.

7. Organizational Flexibility (5 percent Important)
Is the organization rigid? Does it work strictly by the book? Will the employer be flexible during emergencies? How will this position alter my lifestyle? If it will, can I handle such changes?

Factors you might want to consider

The Job

Duties and responsibilities
Match for values/interests/skills
Personalities of supervisors and colleagues
Variety of work assignments
Opportunity for individual achievement
Exposure to outstanding colleagues
Opportunity to work independently
Opportunity and frequency of travel
Overtime
Opportunity to apply academic background
Social significance of job
Physical environment and working conditions
Pressure and pace of work; turnover
Intellectual stimulation

The Organization

Technologically innovative
High involvement in research and design
Management styles
Opportunities for growth and advancement
Layoffs and restructuring
Reputation and image of employer
Financial stability and growth prospects
Salary, benefits, and compensation
People in top-level positions
Personnel policies and flex-time
Training and continuing education
Required relocations and transfers
Public or private employer
Well established vs. fledgling company

The Industry

Growth history
Future need for goods and services
Dependence on the business cycle
Dependence on government policies and programs
Long-term future potential
Record of layoffs or downsizing

The Location

Proximity of graduate schools
Opportunity for partner's career
Climate
Cost of living; distance from work
Community life; environment
Location of company headquarters and branches
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