Top Five Things to Consider before Accepting a Job

So you’ve nailed the interviews and now they’re calling you with a job offer. What do you need to consider? Salary: is it enough?

1. Salary: is it enough? Is there room to negotiate or come back with a counter offer? Will it work with your budget? Benefits: do they offer medical and dental insurance?

2. Benefits: do they offer medical and dental insurance? A 401k? Is parking paid for? If not, how much does it cost?

3. Vacation and sick pay: how much is offered for paid time off?

4. Requirements and expectations: to whom and how many people will you be reporting? What does the day-to-day job entail? What results are you expected to produce?

  • To whom and how many people will you be reporting?
  • What does the day-to-day job entail? What results are you expected to produce?
  • You should be very clear on what the requirements of the job are before you accept an offer.

5. And lastly, the job review process:

  • What will your review process entail?
  • What will your review process entail and how often will there be reviews of your work performance?
  • Are you on a 90-day trial period? If so, what will the review assess?

Again, it’s about getting a clear understanding of if the company is a good fit and what their expectations will be of you too.

So you’ve accepted the offer and you’re ready to start your first day. You will likely meet with a human resources manager. You will probably be asked to present your social security card and picture ID. This is required to get you into most payroll systems and for reporting taxes to the government.

You likely will receive an employee handbook too. Be sure to read over it thoroughly so you can understand your roles and responsibilities within the broader company.

It’s your first day, so you’ll want to get your footing. Don’t be shy. Introduce yourself to co-workers. Ask questions if you don’t understand something. And work to create an environment at your desk that will help you succeed. Your first day and every day thereafter will go more smoothly and lead you down the path to success.

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