Boxes to tick before accepting a job

There is such an emphasis in this day and age on ‘getting’ a job, but before we simply accept an offer it’s equally important to ensure that it’s definitely the right move for you.

And whilst there are obvious things to take into account such as the salary on offer, there are some other key things to think about that can often be glossed over. Here are a few points to consider before signing on the dotted line:

  1. They’ve asked you a tonne of questions, but do you have anything to ask them?

If you’ve read your offer letter or contract, or perhaps had a conversation with your new line manager or the HR team, you may have a few questions that you would quite like to ask. And if that is the case, do!

It’s very easy in the celebratory moments following a job offer to miss out on the nitty gritty details. But it is better to ask questions now - even if it may feel slightly awkward - than risk the expectations of either party not being met later down the line.

  1. Can you commit to the commute in the long term?

If the new position means that you’ll be commuting for three hours per day, for example, then carefully consider whether this is sustainable for you. For some, the answer will be yes – the position will be worth it. For others, whilst they may like to think that they can commit to the daily to and fro, if they get real and honest with themselves they’ll have to admit that it could be a major factor in them not enjoying the new role on offer.

On a similar note, think about other sacrifices that the new job might require of you. Is any evening or weekend work required? Is the company culture about being available on email 24/7? Some of these things may not be an issue for many, but ensure you’re fully across what’s expected and the impact it will have on YOUR LIFE before accepting any offer.

  1. How stable is the new company?

This is particularly important if you’re leaving a role in which you’re well established and highly thought of and simply moving because you’re ready for the next challenge. Carefully consider if the new company will still be around for the next few years – redundancy is a challenge we’re sure you’d rather avoid.

Also in this sense, ask yourself how many personal and professional development opportunities you’ll be presented with.

Whereas some companies invest massive amounts of their budget in training, others prefer to spend the money on salaries and bonuses instead. Try and see the bigger picture – but make sure that you understand and are transparent – at the very least with yourself - about what you hope to gain.

  1. Are you clear on your opportunities for career progression?

Career progression, the concept of moving up through the ranks of any business or sector, generally goes hand-in-hand with the amount of experience you have and your contribution to the ongoing success of your company or department.

Take an active role in demonstrating the return on investment that you have to offer, and promotion shouldn’t be far behind.

However, before accepting a new role with any business you may want to ensure that you are comfortable with the specific format in place. Some have formal application-led processes, where employees are expected to drive their own progression. Others simply adhere to an annual review structure, or take a more instantaneous approach to rewarding success on an ongoing basis.

Whatever the case, ensuring that you are clear about what is expected of you and how to achieve that all important pay rise or ‘management’ title is important before you commit to a new role.

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