Factors to consider

Review your personal assessment first

Your personal assessment will help you begin to evaluate your job offer. You’ll remember what things were important to you at the beginning of your journey. However, there are a lot more things to consider.

Instructions: Read the factors and considerations in this chart, and then input your own notes. Print the list for your reference.

Factors to consider when evaluating a job offer

What to consider Your notes
SalaryResearch the current salary range for the position. Is your offer inline with this figure?
BenefitsAsk the human resources department about benefits, including (but not limited to):

  • Health insurance — full or partial coverage, vision, dental, and counseling
  • Vacation — paid, how many days per year
  • Retirement plans — 401(k), pension, mutual funds, etc.
  • Paid sick leave
  • Savings and/or profit sharing
  • Relocation allowance
  • Incentive plans
  • Flexible work hours
  • Company-provided cell phones or cars
Company cultureDo you fit in? Think about whether you’ll be comfortable while you work. Identify your preferred culture — laid back and energetic like a start-up, or more formal and professional like a corporation. See if you can meet with current employees and ask them about the company culture.
Your supervisorIf you’ve met your supervisor, consider whether you feel a rapport or even intimidation or dislike. Trust your instincts.
Career pathIs there a way for you to advance in the company? If not, how do you feel about that? Consider whether you have options and opportunities to move up.
Company’s futureDuring your research of the company, did you get a feeling that the company will be successful in the future? Is the industry viable?
Your successSometimes a position is open because it’s just a difficult job. Try to determine whether or not you’ll be set up to succeed or set up to fail, based on descriptions of the position and the past (if offered).

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