Deciding whether to accept a job offer can be one of the most gut-wrenching, emotional decisions.
There used to be a time when a job was for life and you’d retire at the end of your career with a carriage clock and whopping pension. Long gone are those days! Today, the average worker holds ten different jobs before turning forty, such is the rate of change.
For this reason alone, it’s always worth having good relationship with a recruitment agency, who can keep you top of mind for new opportunities. In such a competitive market being able to show career progression will stand you in good stead.
So, when the time comes and there’s a job offer on the table, take these factors into consideration before signing on the dotted line…
Before accepting a job offer, your recruitment agency or HR contact will share the package details with you. These can include; salary, bonus, benefits, annual leave, working hours, location, notice period and start date among other points. This is your chance to clarify any discrepancies and ensure you’re happy with the offer. If not, use this as an opportunity to negotiate your terms before saying yes.
Accepting a job is an investment in your future. As such you should give consideration to progression opportunities. Does the company promote from within, what sort of training or leadership plans do they offer? Can they show examples of team members that have climbed the ladder?
You should have met your line manager by now and will have an idea of their working style. Ask yourself if this is someone you could work well with, and get along with? Ultimately, if they are responsible for your day to day work, it’s important to have a good relationship with them. As the saying goes, people don’t leave their jobs, they leave their boss – it’s still the number one reason for leaving a job.
You should have a good idea of what your role involves and your objectives. If in doubt, read over the job spec and ask for any clarification. Also ask yourself if you could see yourself doing this job for the next few years? The Japanese call it ‘Ikigai’, it basically means what gets you up in the morning. If you’re not passionate or interested about what you do, regardless of all the other factors, you’re not going to be happy.
Whilst money alone is not a motivator for joining or staying in a particular role or company, employees that feel they are adequately compensated are likely to be more committed to their jobs. Whilst it’s easy to be wowed by a big brand or job title, your remuneration should be adequate for the role you’re undertaking. To understand this better, benchmark against industry standards to ensure you are being fairly paid for your job. In Ireland, the average pay rise is just 2.5% a year, so it’s much better to start on a good salary.
The thought of international travel is thrilling for some and a deal-breaker for others. Some jobs require you to work unsociable hours, others may need you to be available at weekends. Give yourself time to think about how the job may impact your life, and if you’re willing to compromise.
From interviews, meetings and learning more about the company, you should have a good idea of the work culture. Does it meet your social needs as well as work-life balance? Is the office lively or quiet, open-plan or closed – could you see yourself working there 35 hours a week?
In the excitement of getting a job, it can be easy to lose sight of some of the important day to day factors, such as your commute. Have you done a trial run to see how easy it is to get to? While it’s easy to be seduced by a role or brand it’s important to think about the day to day practicalities of getting to and from the office.
Do your due diligence during your job search and before joining a company. Establish the business’s stability, reputation and the five-year plan. Consider how the job title and company will look on your CV in the future.
And finally, all said and done, it’s important to listen to your gut. Rarely does your instinct let you down!
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Author: Ellie Doyle
Ellie brings a pragmatic approach to clients hiring challenges, and believes in the power of asking the right questions. She has a phenomenal network of industry contacts – if anyone knows the person for the job, its Ellie. She is famous for her ability to retain even the smallest detail.