Ideally, before accepting a job offer, there are a few things to pay attention to; the working conditions, the office environment, the paycheck, people you’ll be working with, employee benefits, and so on. These things are important because they can make or break your experience while working in any firm.
Understandably, good jobs can be hard to land these days, but so are job seekers when selecting the career or job that is most suitable. You may likely be missing out on some essential details in the offer letter and contract, which may later impact you on the new job. So, before you jump on that offer, here are some essential things to consider.
Evaluate the job offer
Don’t feel pressured to accept the new offer. If you are going to say yes anyway, you don’t have to say it right away. You may ask the employer when they need a response from you. Take some time to review the benefits package, leave conditions, working environment, pensions, employee benefits, and perks. If need be, compare these with the standard in the industry.
If you have two offers simultaneously, you can compare the pros and cons and go for the best of the two. If you are familiar with someone who has worked or currently works in the same firm, don’t hesitate to ask them about the work conditions. They may be really excited to share what they know.
Ask if the salary they’re offering is negotiable
If the offer presented to you is not satisfactory enough, you can always negotiate. Although some companies do not allow you to negotiate, quite a lot do. If you feel that your value to them is worth what you’re asking, you may need to be open about it.
These days, people are very concerned about what they’ll get out of a new job before accepting. Remember, the company is going to be depending on your productivity to achieve its goals.
Are there opportunities for growth?
This is very important, especially if you are looking to build a career. Beyond the perks, sweet new office space, and handsome paycheck, you should consider the opportunities for growth if you join the company. How long does it take to get a promotion? Is there training for career development programs for employees? A good company will invest in the development of its staff.
You may also want to find out if the organization makes provisions for employees who wish to take some time off and further their education or acquire relevant certifications. Jobs that offer growth opportunities have a higher appeal than those that don’t.
Understand the contract before signing
In some cases, there may be grey areas in the employment contract. If you encounter such, you shouldn’t hesitate to ask for clarity. Some appointments come with some clauses and conditions. Are there policies that employees are bound by, which may not be palatable to you?
Non-compete policies, for instance, forbids employees from doing similar businesses as the employer in the same city or while you’re still within their employ. Severance policies dictate the conditions when the company is letting staff go or when you want to resign. These and many more are usually what you find in your employment contract. Understanding them gives you a better idea of what you’re getting into.
Before accepting a job offer, another essential thing to consider is the work environment. A good factor here is distance. If it’s very far from where you live, are you willing to relocate? Even if you are, will the company offer you a relocation allowance? Sometimes, spending so much time on the train or bus before getting to the office can be emotionally draining. You want to avoid working on a job that impacts your health negatively.
But beyond the issue of distance, you also need to ask about your new work environment. How comfortable and friendly is the atmosphere? If possible, ask to meet with some of the people you’ll be working with once you start. Being in the wrong environment can be damaging to your health. Therefore, if you can, find out about the new office environment before accepting the job offer.
The company profile
Beyond the pay, there are some other exciting criteria by which to judge. The profile and status of the company can also be a determining factor. It may be the company’s clientele base, travel opportunities, meeting amazing people, or merely the satisfaction of learning in the company that thrills you. On the other hand, if money is your primary motivation, then these things may be further down your list.
In many cases, job seekers will want to identify with either high profile organizations, such as multinationals and government establishments, or working for local but higher-paying firms.
This is as important as you can imagine it to be. A good company cares for the well-being and happiness of its employees. You should be able to get ample time to rest, at least once a year. Vacation time is important because it may just be the only time in the year when you get to spend quality time with your family.
One good reason to consider the company’s vacation policy is that some companies allow you to take time off to rest without paying you, while others offer you paid leave. So, to avoid getting surprises, you should sort this out on the negotiation table before accepting the job.