When deciding whether or not to accept a job offer, it’s important to look at more than just dollars and cents. Money is important, and we all obviously want as much as possible, but a job can and should bring with it many other benefits that matter to us, sometimes, more than money.
If you’ve received a job offer, make sure to take the following in to consideration:
- Traditional Benefits – What typical benefits come along with the position? Do they offer health, dental and vision insurance? How about disability and life insurance? 401(K) or other retirement savings program? Look deeper than just whether they offer something or not. Sure, they offer health insurance – but how much does it cost you? Is there a high deductible? What are the co-pays? Great they have a 401(K) – but do they contribute to it?
- Work/Life Balance – Does the company offer flexible hours? Does the culture of the organization recognize the needs of working parents? Are there options to telecommute from time to time? Finding a flexible work environment can be one of the greatest non-financial benefits that exists. A company that provides flexible hours and generous time off programs, tends to trust employees and respect that they have lives outside of the office.
- Culture – What is the culture of the office look like? Does it seem like co-workers like each other? What’s the general aura of the office – upbeat or heads-down? It’s important to find a company culture that suits your personality, skills, and career goals.
- Perks – What perks does the company offer? Many company offer lots of perks like free parking, fitness facilities, discounts at retailers, onsite cafeteria, etc. While they may seem minor, company perks can have a positive impact on your quality of life.
- Room for Growth – Does the job and/or the company offer you the opportunity to grow professionally? Is there a culture of promoting from within? Does the company invest in training or tuition reimbursement? If you find a company that is willing to invest in you – you will be able to grow your career – and your salary!
Deciding whether or not to take a job offer is a big decision, one that should not be made lightly. But salary isn’t the only thing to consider. Make sure to look at the total picture before you sign on the dotted line.
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Mike Spinale is a corporate Human Resources leader at a healthcare information technology company located outside of Boston, Massachusetts and is an adjunct professor at Southern New Hampshire University. He has over eight years of experience in HR and management including career counseling, recruitment, staffing, employment branding, and talent management. Mike has dedicated his HR career to modern views on the field – HR is not about the personnel files – it’s about bringing on the best talent, ensuring they’re in the right seat, and keeping them motivated and growing in their careers. In addition, Mike is the author of the CareerSpin blog where he offers advice and opinion on job search, personal & employment branding, recruiting, and HR. Mike is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Babson College. He is also a board member of the Metro-North Regional Employment Board, a board which sets workforce development policy for Boston’s Metro-North region, and an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Northeast Human Resources Association.