When it comes to accepting a job offer, it is extremely important to evaluate both the offer and opportunity before making your decision. You are going to spending at least 8 hours of your day in employment, so you better make sure it’s the right one for you and that it fulfils all your career goals. In this blog, we outline the pillars we believe everyone should consider before committing to a new role.
It can be really easy to just focus on the salary figure when you are offered a job. However, there is so much more to consider. First of all, you need to break down that salary, how much are you actually taking home after tax?
Secondly, it is important to consider the other monetary contributions that the employer is offering, for example, healthcare, company car, gym membership etc. All of these benefits in kind are not a part of the salary so it’s important to take them into account and add up their monetary worth.
In its simplest form, think of the package in what we call the Starbucks analogy – sometimes the difference in salary comes down to (after the revenue takes their chunk!) a Starbucks coffee each day.
You need to ask yourself if this job is going to not only fulfil your current ambitions and needs, but also if it will aid your future career. We like to call this the ‘springboard effect’. What this means is that the job opportunity should to act as a stepping stone (or springboard) into the next exciting one. It is important to do your research on the current employees in the company you’re potentially starting in and see how they have progressed internally. Also check out to see where previous employees have moved onto. This will help you judge what the future potentially holds for you and your career.
It is important to consider how a new job aligns with your lifestyle and your needs. Nowadays, where working from home is the new norm, you want to make sure that you have flexibility, autonomy and room for your personal hobbies and family. Its hugely important to evaluate the company culture and ask the right questions about what a day in the life actually looks like, as part of the offer process.
Never underestimate the power of working with great people. The learnings you can get from your new management, stakeholders or peers is very important. It’s not only about what they can teach you but it’s also about the power of association. The chances are that if you are working alongside someone with over 20 years’ experience in a particular industry, they are going to know a lot of people. This acts as a great networking opportunity and an opportunity for you to get noticed.