Sarah was offered a job that sounded great; well. maybe just OK. She graduated from college last May and this was her first offer in her field, marketing. The salary wasn’t what she had been expecting, but, still, it was a job.
We talked about some elements she should consider before committing to the job. We talked about some of the elements she should consider before committing to the job.
Is this job interesting? Does it offer growth potential?
- What will you be doing? Do your duties call on your experience, talents, strengths?
- Are there opportunities to grow the job, expand responsibilities?
- Can you expect training in new software or new products?
- What can you learn from this role, from colleagues, from the operation of the company?
- Have others in your role moved into management or into other departments?
Who are the people? What is the company culture?
- Will you be part of a team and work collaboratively? Will you be isolated? Does this meet your preference?
- Do you sense that individuals compete with each other?
- Are there people from whom you can learn?
- Does the role offer networking opportunities within and without the company?
- Are employees promoted; is hiring within first then from outside the company?
- Is management flexible and open to new ideas and suggestions?
- Do employees seem to be happy? Is there large unexplained turnover?
- Will you be expected to work many uncompensated hours?
Salary and benefits
- If the salary is below your expectation, is it also significantly below the market for the job and your level of experience?
- When can you anticipate a performance review?
- Can you expect a raise following a stellar review?
- What will health insurance cost you?
- Will you have travel or parking expenses?
- Is there an option to work from home part time?
- What benefits or perks are offered?
- Do the hiring manger and supervisor seem excited to have you come on board?
Making a decision
If your experience interviewing and meeting company people has been positive, If you like the tasks assigned to the role and the salary is manageable, then the decision is going to be affirmative.
Sometimes your impressions are mixed. You may feel you are worth more than is being offered or you’re not certain about the company history of promoting good people, so take some time to look for positive potential outcomes. Can you learn something from working here? Is this a strong networking opportunity where you can make valuable contacts? Can you manage the working conditions? If there is more positive than negative, give the job a trial run. Tell yourself you will stay for a year and see how it goes.
There may be jobs that make you uncomfortable or cause a tightening in your gut. Pay attention to those reactions. No matter how great an opportunity you’re offered, if it is going to make you miserable, walk away. Even a great job can be dreadful with a boss who is unreasonable or whose management style is opposite of your work needs. Be honest in your evaluation of supervisors’ attitudes and habits. There are many who are demanding and gruff but also supportive and helpful.
In the end, you will make or break the job. The more you set yourself up for success by learning, growing your responsibilities, being kind and helpful to all, the better your experience will be.
Sarah accepted the offer knowing that she would have a performance review in 6 months and would likely receive a salary bump. What she liked about the company is that she would be working directly with the 2 people who develop new products so she would understand the products’ evolution. While she was a bit intimidated by the owner and day to day manager, she felt that they could teach her much about business and marketing strategies.
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