Make no mistake; the job market is tough these days. I am not only talking about job seekers, it is becoming increasingly difficult for companies to attract and hire top talent as well. Technology is changing the landscape on an almost daily basis. There are however a few fundamentals that you need to look out for.
Selecting a job and accepting an offer are vitally important decisions. Do not rush into any commitment blindly. You need to be clear on what is important to you and make a wise choice.
Let us take a look at 4 incentives you should always look for while selecting a job.
Let’s not beat around the bush here, in most cases money is a critical factor when considering job offers.
If you are unemployed at the time, you need to weigh the opportunity up against potential future offers versus lack of income. As much as you do not want to settle, you have to be realistic and pay the bills.
What is important is to do your homework. Understand the industry and the job market; know what people in similar positions with the same experience in companies of the same size are earning. If you are fortunate enough to be considering more than one offer, compare them realistically. Health benefits, retirement and paid time off are also important factors. You need to consider the entire package with all the benefits as well as other important factors such as growth potential, management structure and work-life balance.
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Once you know your facts, be prepared to negotiate if you are in a strong position. Employment works both ways and as much as you need a job, the company needs the right person for it.
It is one thing to be happy with the money but you will be spending a large portion of your life at work. You want to be sure you will be inspired by your position and able to use your skills. It is important to share the same values as your company so take the time to investigate that. Also, see if the work will have a negative effect on your quality of life.
The interview process should have given you some insight into the company structure and your reporting lines. Do a bit of investigating and give the management structure some thought. If you are not going to be able to get on with your immediate manager, work is going to be unpleasant. You need to know a little bit about his or her style, expectations and methods. Do some research into the manager’s reputation in the industry.
It is not always easy to truly understand the culture of a company until you are there.
Fortunately, it is a lot easier these days than it was in the past. It is important that you ask probing questions during your interview but also do your own background checks. Speak to people you know that work, or have worked for the company. If you do not know any, look for connections online, sites such as LinkedIn are perfect for this. Again, this is an important decision so prepare correctly.
The position you apply for will hopefully just be a starting point for you in the organisation. It is important therefore to look at the future prospects. Look at the structure, training programmes and internal promotion policies. Ensure the job will allow you to utilise your talents in order to progress within the company.
The key is to fully understand your needs and how they can fit in with the prospective employer. Obviously look at the money but do not forget other crucial factors that will impact your working life. Do your homework and make an informed decision. This will put you on the right path for future career success.
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