The job market seems to be much better lately and more and more offers are being extended to applicants. Some move from other jobs to the new positions and others from the transition. Either way, these job seekers are missing out if they don’t take a holistic approach to specifically assessing the new opportunity.
Often times, the excitement associated with accepting a new job offer and accepting that job offer, as well as the flattery expressed by that job offer, lead to a decision being taken too quickly. To avoid a potentially costly mistake, it is wise to do a thorough due diligence first, as many questions require clear answers before you can make a final decision. Here are a few.
- How important are content and responsibility in your new job to you?
- Does the new job suit your personality?
- Does the leadership style of your new boss match yours?
- Are there future opportunities for advancement?
- Does the new job do justice to your work-life balance?
- Are the travel time and distance acceptable?
- Is the number of business trips expected in the new job acceptable?
- Is the remuneration – in the form of salary and bonuses – acceptable?
- What about employee benefits such as health insurance and retirement benefits?
- This might not be an exhaustive list, but it is a good place to start.
People make life decisions based on their logic and emotions. The results are usually an aggregate of the two. Someone who has been in transition for some time is more likely to make emotional decisions, and yet accepting a new job should be judged on the value of the job and on logical considerations. In a situation like accepting a job offer, it is sometimes helpful to discuss the subject with a friend, or better yet, with a professional such as a career coach who deals with such topics frequently. The following question may be a rhetorical question, but if you had a serious medical condition, would you seek advice from a friend or doctor?