Receiving a job offer is exciting, especially if you have been job-hunting for a while. However, just because a position was presented, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best fit for you; there are factors to consider before you accept.
Keep reading for tips and insights to think about as you decide if a job is right for you.
What to Consider Before Accepting a Job
1. Take A Second Look at the Job Description
Before you say yes, look at what your role in the company will be. Is this something you really want to be doing? How will it benefit you? The Muse recommends considering these aspects in the job description:
Some places will simply include a laundry list of the skills and qualifications they want you to have. But the most thoughtful employers use this space to share professional growth opportunities, unique aspects of their company culture, and perhaps some of their perks and benefits.
2. Consider Your Preferred Work/Life Balance
What exactly are the expectations your boss and company have on you? While the hours may say one thing, you could be expected to stay until the job is done or the hours could change all together. You also need to consider if the job requires you to travel, which will result in time away from your family. If necessary, ask your employer to go over expectations to make an informed decision.
3. Feeling Professionally Satisfied
This may seem like an unimportant question, especially if you are desperate for a job. But, really think about how this job will make you feel or if you’ll end up quitting and being on the job hunt again. NBC News brings up important questions to ask yourself for accepting a position: “Will you feel like you’re doing something valuable and important, or will you feel like your work doesn’t really matter? Will you be constantly learning and doing new things, or will every day look more or less the same?”
Getting a job offer is incredibly exciting, but it will taste even sweeter if you say yes to the right job. Before accepting, consider if the position matches your abilities, provides the work/life balance you desire and will make you professionally satisfied for a successful career.