Factors to Consider in Evaluating a Job Offer

The factors used in evaluating and comparing job offers can be integrated into various rating forms. Each of us value job aspects in different fashions and levels of importance. The different formats and rating systems will provide different perspectives on the job choice. When evaluating jobs offers, you should consider the following:

If the company matches with your interests. It is easier to apply yourself to the work if you are enthusiastic about what the organization does.

Large firms generally offer a greater variety of training programs and career paths, more managerial levels for advancement, and better employee benefits than small firms. Large employers may also have more advanced technologies. However, jobs in large firms may tend to be highly specialized.

Jobs in small firms may offer broader authority and responsibility, a closer working relationship with top management, and a chance to clearly see your contribution to the success of the organization.

New businesses have a high failure rate, but for many people, the excitement of helping create a company and the potential for sharing in its success more than offset the risk of job loss.

The more you find out about the job before accepting or rejecting the offer, the more likely you are to make the right choice. Working in the industry and, if possible, for the company would provide considerable insight. You can gain work experience through part-time and temporary work; both of which can lead to permanent job offers.

If the job is in another area of the country, you need to consider the cost of living, the availability of housing and transportation, and the quality of educational and recreational facilities in that section of the country.  

If the duties and responsibilities of the job match your interest and make good use of your skills.

How important the job is in this company.Where you fit in the organization and how you are supposed to contribute to its overall objectives should give you an idea of the job’s importance.

Most jobs involve regular hours—for example, 40 hours a week, during the day, Monday through Friday. Other jobs require night, weekend, or holiday work. In addition, some jobs routinely require overtime to meet deadlines or sales or production goals, or to better serve customers. Consider the effect the work hours will have on your personal life.

A good job offers you opportunities to learn new skills, increase your earnings, and rise to positions of greater authority, responsibility, and prestige. A lack of opportunities can dampen interest in the work and result in frustration and boredom.

 If the training plan of the company is short term or long term. If the company offers a tuition fee program.

 Analyze the possibilities of promotion within the organization. Is it possible to apply for jobs for which you qualify elsewhere within the organization or is mobility within the firm limited?

Salaries and benefits. Analyze if the salary offer is reasonable for this job. You may have to go to several sources for this information. Check, if the company offers benefits such as pension plans, retirement plans, health insurance, etc.

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