If you’re considering a new job offer, there are probably 100 things swirling around your head.
By this stage you would have already weighed up the pros and cons of the new job, and perhaps the salary package being dangled in front of you already has you sold.
But bottom line aside, there are other things to take into consideration before committing to a new organisation.
“When workers are at a crossroads when it comes to staying at their current company or moving to another job, it’s important for them to consider certain criteria to determine whether it’s worth the move,” Sandy Mazur, division president of Spherion staffing services, was quoted as saying in a Business News Daily article.
Here are a few things you should think about before accepting that offer of employment:
- What else could you negotiate to get a better deal?
While you may not be able to negotiate a higher salary at this stage, remember that your remuneration package goes beyond your salary and includes additional benefits that you can leverage to up your package.
Think about requesting flexitime or the option to work remotely from time to time.
If you’re moving to another province or city to take the job, you should negotiate around relocation costs and assistance with that.
- Think about the people and the work environment – will you fit in?
Research all you can, not only in terms of the company itself but more importantly about the people you’ll potentially work with.
Seek out and speak to people who currently work at the company and speak to former employees to try to get a lay of the workplace landscape.
With the price of living escalating at an alarming rate, you might also want to take into consideration where your new office will be located. If the distance is significantly longer than the distance you currently travel, then this is a cost you’ll have to factor in to your budget.
Also think about the company culture and whether it aligns with your values, work style and personality.
- Do you fully understand your compensation package?
These days most businesses are opting for the cost-to-company model, so make sure you have a comprehensive understanding of what this model means in terms of the actual amount you’ll walk away with after deductions. Will medical aid be subsidised or will you be solely responsible for those costs? How much will the company’s contribution towards your pension fund be and does that contribution come out of your total earnings?
Daily Muse contributor Katie Douthwaite says, “When I was first offered a start-up job, the compensation package stated that it included profit-sharing, but didn’t specify what that meant, when it would start or how it would be paid. And because of that, I never actually saw a percentage of those profits.”
“It was also part of a confusing list of benefits that were each given a cash value and added to the total proposed salary at the bottom of the page.”
- Are there decent opportunities for growth?
Bear in mind that training and human capital development is another way you can be remunerated, so opportunities for further education is a definite plus! Ultimately, you’ll be acquiring new skill sets that will help you to climb the ladder. Assess the opportunities for growth and what doors the new job could open for you.
- Go with your gut
Your gut is one of the greatest guides you can use to inform your decision as to whether you should accept or decline the job offer.
As clichéd as it might sound, your gut feeling is usually almost always spot on.
As tempting as an offer may be, if your gut is telling you “no”, you might want to listen to it because as they say: the grass isn’t always greener on the other side!