So you’ve been chosen for the job – congratulations are in order!
You shouldn’t be too quick to say “yes,” until you have had time to evaluate your job offer and negotiate the best salary package.
Let’s have a look at the job offer checklist and how to evaluate a job offer and the salary package.
At this time you need to have a sound approach in place and you should be considering each of the following 5 factors.
Evaluating your job offer? The Five Factors to Consider
Let’s have a look at the six factors to consider from most important to least important.
Here is the checklist:
1. Job Description
Your ability to be able to do the job isn’t likely a concern if you’ve been selected.
In less than 6 months most people will master the position. The question becomes is this what type of work you want to be doing. It also doesn’t matter if there is room to climb the corporate latter or not, unless it’s important to you.
However, it does matter that you will feel good about what you do and be proud of it.
2. Benefits and Salary Package
You’ll want to determine that the salary offered is at the market level.
If you are going to receive at least the salary of the job you are leaving. Will you be able to survive without economic hardship if the salary goes down? What is the salary growth potential. What are the benefits? Remember to work your benefit package into your salary. Vacation time, drug coverage, disability, etc. are all important to long-term happiness.
3. The Work Week
What does the work week look like?
How many hours per week will you work? Will you be able to meet your family and other commitments based on the expectations for your work week? Do you want to be able to take you boy to soccer or your girl to dance? Or would you rather focus on moving up the career ladder?
Some companies have more flexibility than others.
Some offer flex hours. Some allow you to work part time from your home office. How will this job and the flexibility or lack of flexibility affect your lifestyle. How does your employer deal with family emergencies? Are they flexible?
5. Do You Like the Person Who Will be Your Boss
You can pretend this isn’t important but the bottom line is that it’s very important. If you and the person who will be your boss clash or don’t see eye to eye, then your life is going to be miserable, and you will quickly begin to hate that job you wanted so bad.
6. Location, Location, Location
In real estate location is always touted as being extremely important, but it’s also very important when a job offer comes about.
Will you have to relocate and if so do you like the area? Will you have to commute and if so how far and is it a tedious commute? While these may not seem important now, after the excitement wears off and time has passed you might think differently.
“I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works”
Prepare yourself before Negotiating Salary Package
These two articles bring you some tips on the art of negotiation.
How to prepare well – Know what you want, find out what’s available, re-evaluate your goals and arm yourself with the key elements of the job.
During the negotiation, it is crucial that you know how to play the give and take game.
This article suggests some salary negotiation tips before and after receiving the job offer.