7 Points to Consider Before Accepting a Job Offer
After months of Job Hunting, you have finally received a Job Offer. Congratulations, your hard work and preparation has finally paid off. What do you do next? How do you decide if this is the best job offer for you? Making the final decision can be stressful, but if you follow these points below, it’ll help you make the best decision.
Get the job offer in writing
Remember that you don’t have a solid job offer in hand until it is in writing. Ensure that you get a physical copy of the job offer. If you were offered the job telephonically, and the employer retracts it at a later date, you won’t have a leg to stand on. If you have the job offer in writing, it is binding and will stand up in court. Ensure that all important points are included in the job offer including your job title and full job description.
Get clarity on the job title and job description
This point can often be overlooked. Sometimes what we think our job description or title is may be different from the actual expectations of the company. You must be aligned on this. You need to know exactly what the company expects from you and you need to be honest and be able to deliver on those expectations. This is also a safeguard for yourself in the future. For example, if you are hired as a receptionist and in the future, the company asks you to do their books without proper training, you can refer back to your job description on the job offer.
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” — Henry Ford
Consider the company and its people
On average, most South Africans work around 45 hours per week. That is a lot of time spent at the office with people from different walks of life. Ask your prospective employer if you could have a tour of the offices and get to meet some of the staff. This will give you a chance to pick up on their overall “vibe”. If you were interviewed by HR and have not met your line manager, it would be a good idea to meet with him/her too. You will be spending a lot of time with these people so it is imperative that you get an idea of who they are and if you could work together.
What Compensation and Benefits are included in this Job Offer?
When you are making a decision, it is important to consider the entire package. You need to consider the benefits package. This includes a retirement plan, health insurance, annual leave, and any other insurance. You also need to understand the difference between Cost to Company (CTC) and Basic Salary. A Basic salary is a salary on offer prior to benefits added on i.e. UIF, PAYE, your portion of Medical Aid, Pension. A CTC salary includes all costs to the company for employing you. Make sure you are very clear about your take-home salary before applying for the position.
Ask about Job Stability /Employee Retention?
You could ask why this job is vacant, is it a new position or did someone leave, and if so, why? This answer could give you valuable information. Is this a new role? This means the company is growing. Was the previous person promoted? That is a great indication of growth. If the person left and you know why this could also provide you with other indicators, not all of which are bad. They could have left for a number of reasons, it will be up to you to decide.
Is there room for growth?
Constantly growing and gaining valuable skills and responsibilities will keep you motivated. It is also important to think about your future and career advancement. Does the company offer any upskilling programmes? This question can also tell you a lot about the company and its approach towards employees. You do not want to end up in a position that will find you searching for a job a year from now, so ask about career progression.
Do I actually want this job?
After taking all of the above into consideration, you need to take an honest look at yourself and the job offer to see if it’s really a good fit. We understand that in today’s job climate it’s tough to turn down a job offer but you need to be honest with yourself. If you want to take the job because it’s your only job offer, but you’re not excited about the company, you probably won’t be happy in the future. If you are leaving another job always remember that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Take some time to consider it and be totally honest with yourself.
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” — Steve Jobs
Remember that you want to set yourself up for long-term success. To achieve that you need to find a job that fits your skills. You also need to join a company that supports your growth and offers a great working environment. After taking all of the above into consideration, you should now have a better understanding of the job on offer. Now only you can decide what response is best for you.
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