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Tips to Decide on a Job Offer

Of course we all want to say ‘I do’ when our dream job comes knocking. But it is important to take a step back and think about it carefully before you make a commitment. Regretting a decision that was not given adequate consideration is not pretty.

Think about it like this, leaving a new job that you have just started is much more complicated than to turn down a job offer. Your prospective employer will have his own thoughts about this. Having to start the hiring process again from scratch is not something he will particularly enjoy.

Points to consider in your decision making process should include not only that attractive salary but also your new work environment, perks and benefits. Scope for learning, growth and promotion should also be looked at. Ask the employer if he can give you some time to think about it and then look at the pros and cons before making a decision.

Money honey

Money makes the world go round and it should be one of the most important factors in your decision making process. You want to be able to pay your bills come month end, right? Make sure that the salary on offer is going to be enough to support your current lifestyle. If it is not, see if you can negotiate a better deal or politely decline the offer.

Jobs with benefits

Other important things to look at when you are offered a job are your benefits. Do some calculations and work out what it would cost you if, for instance, you would have to pay medical aid contributions out of your own pocket. If you are not entirely sure about the perks and benefits they offer, ask. Things such as leave days, unemployment benefits, commissions or bonuses are all important aspects of the total package, so take those into consideration.

What is the company culture like and what about flexibility?

Trying or wanting to ‘fit in with the crowd’ may not be on your priority list in your personal life, but in a work environment these things do become important. Feeling comfortable in an environment and around the people that you work with is vital for job satisfaction and performance. Imagine having to ask permission to use the ladies room or if only very limited personal interaction was allowed during working hours? It happens… Make sure that you and the ‘rest of them’ are a good fit. You will be spending a lot of time together.

Another point to consider is flexibility, especially if you are a parent, and even more so if you are a single parent. For many of us it is important to have a certain amount of flexibility, especially when you are unable to work a typical 40-hour work week, due to whatever circumstances. Ask about working from home possibilities or half-day options on certain days of the week.

Listen to that inner voice

Each and every person’s circumstances, needs and expectations are different and so there is no hard and fast rule as to the perfect job and whether or not you should accept a job offer. Take your time to look at the offer in detail and make a list of pros and cons if that works for you. And, trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel quite right, even if you can’t exactly put your finger on it, then it probably isn’t. Don’t be discouraged though; the next dream job may just come knocking soon.