Comparing Job Offers

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If you’re in the enviable position of having to choose one job offer from others, here are some key things you should consider when evaluating them:

THE JOB ITSELF:

Consider the job itself. Which job seems like a better fit? Which one do you think you will enjoy more? It’s important to place a lot of importance on the actual job because that’s where you’ll be spending thirty eight hours (maybe more) every week.

THE SALARY AND BENEFITS:

Most offers you receive will probably be in the same salary range but where they may vary is in the benefits. Look at them based on what you and your family will use. Remember to consider the value of benefits like profit-sharing, overtime policies, medical/dental benefits, etc.

THE LOCATION:

If you are looking at relocating, remember to factor in the cost of living and relocation, as well as the emotional costs of being far away from family and friends. Consider the whole family.  How suitable are neighbourhoods and schools, how long will your commute be, etc?

THE COMPANY:

Find out how each company operates. What is the culture like? How long have they been in business and what is their reputation like? If you don’t know enough about the company, take some time to research it before you say yes. Remember too to consider what opportunities exist for the company to grow, and their financial stability. Also, look at your potential for advancement, how the company promotes its staff, and how they treat their employees.

YOUR INSTINCTS:

When you are evaluating different job offers, it’s important to listen to yourself. Consider others’ opinions, but remember that you will be the one doing this job every day.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

Make a list of everything that’s important to you in a job and rank your job offers according to how they fulfil those needs. Consider each element above and others you may find that matter to you. Draw up a chart and see how your job offers stack up.

Good luck! 

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