Congratulations! Your research, CV and interview prep has
Suddenly job offers are on the table and you have
choices to make. An enviable position to be in.
However, it can be tricky knowing which one is the best!
At this stage it is a good idea to reflect on how
you felt immediately after the interview. Did you feel
optimistic and hopeful, or anxious and uncertain? The
likelihood is that if you did not feel enthusiastic then the offer
could be worth discounting.
One way forward in assessing a job offer is to
create a "must have", "nice to have", "what is on offer" and "what
is missing" checklist against each job offer.
Key issues to consider may include the job role,
location, organisational culture, position, people, salary and
benefits, training and potential career opportunities.
Accepting a position for just two or three criteria
is likely to lead to disaster!
A position that fits all seven criteria is likely
to lead to a career that is fulfilling, rewarding and offers
opportunities for development, as opposed to one which is
stressful, disheartening and heading for a dead-end.
The following check-list can help you to compare
the pros and cons of each job offer with your ideal.
The Job - How does the job role fit with your
- Type of role.
- What are the day to day responsibilities of the
- Does the work play to your strengths or
- Will you develop new skills?
- Where does the job fit into the organisational
- What role will you play in achieving the
- Is the location easily accessible?
- Is public transportation or car parking
- Will the working hours fit your personal
- Will you be required to work evenings or
- Does the company offer flexible or home
- Have you met your colleagues?
- Are they happy in their roles? Were they
- Have you met and could you work with his or her
- Promotional prospects.
- Does the company enjoy good staff retention
- Are there opportunities for promotion?
Is the company a good fit with your values,
attitudes and goals?
- Company stability.
- How old is the company?
- What is its financial condition?
- Corporate philosophy.
- Is the company employee and family friendly?
- Is it a place you would be proud to work?
- Company product or service.
- Does the company product or service appeal to
- Does it match your interests?
- Organisational Size.
- Would you like to work in a small or large
- Larger companies may be more structured and
impersonal, smaller ones may offer opportunities for more
responsibility - to be influential.
- Management style.
- Is the management style open and empowering, or
- Is it compatible with your style of
- Training Opportunities.
- What types of training opportunities are
- Is there a professional development plan for
Does the benefits package meet your needs?
- Will you be paid a salary commensurate with your
title and responsibilities?
- Is the salary performance-related? How often is
the salary reviewed?
- How much holiday entitlement will you be eligible
- Medical Insurance.
- Does the employer pay all or part of the premiums
on the policy?
- What about coverage for family members?
- Life and Disability Insurance.
- Are they available? Can you buy added coverage at
- Does the company support and pay for training
- Child care.
- Are there on site facilities or after school
After considering the above, you will be in a more
informed position to make a decision as to which job will fulfil
It is possible that what is a `must-have´
might become a `nice-to-have´ and you discover exactly what is
really important to you and what is not!
However, it is important not to accept an offer -
and not to give notice to your present employer - until you have
confirmation in writing.
by Helga Edge MBA - Principal Consultant
at A Perfect CV