What Do People Take Into Consideration When Looking for a Job?

by Melissa King

If you've received multiple offers of work, it can be difficult to decide on just one job. Many job seekers choose the employer that offers the highest salary, but it's important to consider more than just money before signing on as a new employee. Before you accept a job, think about how it will affect you now and in the future.

Employer Expectations and Your Skills

Before you accept a job offer, consider whether you have the experience an employer requires. In an interview, the employer will usually tell you all the duties and tasks a position entails. The employer should clearly describe the ideal candidate for the position and give a list of skills essential to the job. Compare your own skills and abilities to the responsibilities of the job. If you're lacking an important ability or you don't feel comfortable with the workload, be honest with the employer. Ask if the company offers training so you can learn the skills necessary for the job. Only take the job if it's a match for your abilities and you know you can meet or exceed the employer's expectations.

Salary and Benefits

The salary and benefits package a company offers is one of the most important things to consider before accepting a job. Find out how much an employer pays and compare that to the average salary for that position. CNN Living recommends asking detailed questions about the benefits package. For example, ask about vacation time, sick days, health insurance and retirement plans. You'll need to decide what's most important to you before determining whether the benefits are worth it. If you have a chronic illness, for instance, good health insurance is an absolute must.

Corporate Culture

You may spend 40 hours a week or more at work, so consider a company's overall culture before taking a job offer. Career coach Chrissy Scivicque, in a 2010 article for "Forbes," writes that you should determine whether the company culture is a good match with your personality and values. For example, it's a bad idea to work at a fur-coat factory if you care about the ethical treatment of animals. If you accept a job offer, you'll spend about eight hours per day with your boss and co-workers. Your job will be much more enjoyable if you like your co-workers and get along with them. If the person interviewing you seems pessimistic or jaded, it might point to an unhappy workplace. Try to tour the company grounds before taking a job there. Cheerful and energetic employees are a good sign.

Your Future

A job offer with a certain company may look appealing now, but you also need to think about your future before you accept it. Consider whether the company promotes from within or offers opportunities for advancement. If you want to start a family in the future, determine if the company will accommodate that. Find out if the employer is strict about taking time off to spend with family. If you plan to move to a new city or state, ask if the company has another branch to which you can transfer.

About the Author

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.

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