Congratulations! After perfecting your resume, acing the aptitude test and being incredible at the interview you’ve been given the job offer. You’ve got exactly what you wanted. But it’s still worth taking some time to consider these things, before you accept and hand in your resignation.
Here are five things you should consider before accepting a job offer.
It can be tempting to only look forward, to an imagined future where you’re loving every minute of your new job. Now, the chances are that everything isn’t perfect where you are now (or you wouldn’t be looking elsewhere) but there will probably still be things you miss.
Is changing careers really worth giving up the sense of camaraderie that you have? While it’s easier than ever to stay in touch thanks to social media, will it really happen once you’re settled into your new role? Are there opportunities for you within your current company that might take longer to become available in your new role? Consider all that before you sign on the dotted line.
One reason you may be looking to change jobs is to make more money, either immediately or through career progression. But don’t forget to see the big picture; higher earnings can mean moving to a higher tax bracket so use one a take home pay calculator to make sure you will be bringing home more in your new role.
Don’t forget to factor in other expenses such as travel costs, childcare, the cost of clothing if you’re used to working in a uniform etc. Even small differences like giving up a subsidized canteen can make a difference over the course of a year.
Let’s say that you get six months down the line and you just hate your new role. What would that mean to your prospects? Is it likely to be harder or easier to find another position a few months or a year down the road? Will you have to stick the job out for a while, even if you don’t like it?
And what is your next step, after this one? Thinking in the long term can help make the decision easier. Is this role really helping your climb your own particular career ladder, or would you be better off holding out for something else?
How stable is the company, financially? Are you being taken on in the hopes of a new contract coming through and could the position evaporate in a few months-time? Looking into the financial prospects of a company can be worth doing and credit check companies offer a single company service if you have real concerns.
It’s probably also worth reaching out to your own social network to see if you have friends of friends who are working there. What do they think of the company and it’s future. And there are sites such as Glassdoor which allow staff to review their employers.
It can be easy to dismiss a longer commute as a minor inconvenience, but it’s much more than that. Commuting has a big impact on our health, and even a few hours more in a car over a week can lead to headaches, high blood pressure and back pain. It’s also worth checking how long the journey will take at the time you would be leaving. Although it’s only half an hour away, if it takes an hour or more during rush hour that’s a big chunk of your time that will disappear when you make the move.
Lastly, if you are feeling pressured from the new employer to make a decision, that’s probably not a good sign. Asking for some time to make sure that it’s the right decision for you and them shouldn’t be a problem. You want to make the right choice!