Things to consider before taking the job offer

This article has been provided by our friends at Joy Business Academy.

When you’ve been looking for work for a long time, it’s tempting to take the first offer you get. But once the initial euphoria wears off you may start to notice parts of the job aren’t what you expected.

Usually, an employer will give you at least a few days to think about whether or not you want to take a role, and this is the perfect time to reflect on your options and decide whether or not the job is the right fit.

Here are a few things to think about before you say “yes”.

Commute

A reasonable eight-hour day quickly becomes draining when you also add a two-hour commute on top of it.

Whether you’re driving, busing, cycling or walking, your commute should definitely be considered. Especially if it will become a big part of your day, or mean relocating.

Salary

Ensure you have a clear idea of what you’ll be getting paid, and if there are other benefits included (health insurance, company phone, flexible working, etc.)

If the proposed salary is less than expected, there may be room for negotiating. To find out more about this, check out our article ‘Salary negotiation for job applicants’.

Co-workers

Who are you going to be working with? What are they like? In most jobs, you’ll spend a lot of time with your co-workers so make sure you have the chance to meet some of them, or if not, you could ask about the team culture, dynamics, and expectations.

Progression

Many get stuck in careers because progression paths can be difficult to see or understand.

Before considering your job offer,  discuss with your potential employer what the progression path looks like for the role. You want to be confident that it marries up with your expectations.