Your 5-point checklist for a job offer

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Emotions run high when a job offer is on the table, particularly if you’re desperate to leave a hostile work environment or if you’ve been unemployed for some time. Even level-headed job seekers may get to this stage of the process and stop thinking rationally.

You have the power to determine your destiny. And, it may all come down to determining which job opportunity is the right one for you. Here are some suggestions to help you make your decision:

1. What Motivates You?

Everyone is motivated by something. Are you motivated by money, power, passion, etc? Does the job opportunity fulfill these motivational desires? If not, chances are, you might end up unhappy.

2. A timely opportunity

Is it the right time for you to begin working with the company? How are they doing as a company? Make sure the opportunity happens at the right time.

3. Personal qualifications valued over experience

The right job will value what you bring to the company personally. Everyone has experience, and the truth is, most jobs require on the job training anyway. A great company will not hire someone who meets a checklist of requirements. Instead, they will hire someone that blends well with their company.

4. Salary potential

Think beyond the starting figure the company has put in writing – even if it’s a handsome one – and consider how long it will be before the employer reviews your pay once more.

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5. The big picture

Is this job a one-off or a stepping stone along your desired career path? If you think it’s more of the former, what are the benefits of taking this detour? What outcome are you hoping to see? Where do you see yourself after few years?

Take these tips into consideration when determining whether or not to accept the job offer. Hopefully, the one you accept will be the job you’ve been waiting for!

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