When you get a job offer the first thing that you will naturally look at is how much money you will earn. While that is certainly important, as everyone needs money to survive, there are a number of other factors that you should consider before you take any new job position.
Here are some things to consider before you say yes to that new job offer:
- Growth Opportunities: This is a biggie. You need to be sure that you will have room for advancement where you plan to go to work at. Even if they start you out a decent wage, how good will that wage look in five or six years? Ensuring that you have plenty of room to move up the company ladder will ensure plenty of future opportunities for you.
- Perks: Will you get any kind of benefits with your new job? Some people will take a job that pays slightly less because the benefits package is so good. Find out what yours is, if any. Things like 401K, company car, health care benefits, and time off are all perks should all be factored into your decision.
- Compatibility: Don’t get blinded by money. Will you be compatible for the job you will be starting? In other words, will this new job give you personal satisfaction and happiness? Good pay means little if your personal health suffers.
- Hours: Yes this is an obvious point, but you need to be sure you are okay with the hours you will be expected to work. Make sure that those hours won’t change on a whim and find out how much notice you will be given if the employer does ever plan on swapping your hours around.
Lastly look at the money. Money may make the world go round, but it is also the root of all evil. Less money and a job that you can really sink your teeth into and excel at will do you far better than a job with a little bit higher salary but will only bring you grief.