About to accept that job offer? Stop!

Are you one of those people who swoon with relief when you’ve been verbally offered a job? Are you so grateful that the job hunting will stop, that you won’t have to look at your resume every day, and that time spent online will be for recreational purposes instead of endless job searching and company research?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. But before you jump in head first and accept a job offer in sheer excitement, take some time to weigh up the offer before you say ‘yes’.

Get it in writing
You would have verbally gone over the company’s expectations during the interview process, but you need to get a copy of the job/position description so that you know everyone is on the same page. Are your daily duties clear? Is the objective of the role what you discussed? How will your performance be measured? What are the company’s expectations of you in the first 3 months, 6 months? What do they hope you will have achieved within the first year?

Review the package
Before you accept any offer you need the remuneration package outlined in black and white. Never, ever accept a verbal offer. You need to know your gross remuneration (before income tax), and the rate of superannuation. Any benefits that were discussed as part of your package need to be detailed, things like parking, gym memberships, etc.

Know who you’ll be working with
At your interview, you would have been taken through the reporting structure, and in most situations you would have met the person you will be working with. However there are occasions when people have been offered a role without meeting key members of the team or supervisors/managers. If that happens, you need to organise a meet-and-greet before you accept the position. If the dynamics aren’t there, chances are you won’t be in the job for long. So check it out and decide if these are people you’d be happy to work with every day.

A case in point: I’ll never forget a client who jumped at a role in a leading construction company, working in their finance department. At the time of her hire the Finance Manager was on long service leave enjoying a European vacation. Everything about the role was what she wanted, so when offered the job she leapt at it. Nine weeks into the job the Finance Manager returned and let’s just say – it wasn’t good… they clashed… almost instantly. It didn’t take long before the client was actively looking for something else. In hindsight she said she should have accepted the role on a temporary or contract basis until the Finance Manager returned, which even the person who hired her agreed would have helped.

Is this the job that fits my goals?
Life happens and sometimes any job is better than no job. If you are not in that situation though, you should take some time to assess the role and ensure it aligns with your career goals and aspirations. Is it a sideways step or a step up? Will it provide you with a different experience or additional skills? How will it look on your resume when the time comes to take the next step in your career?

You will be spending hours each week at this job if you take it:
you need to be crystal clear about what you’re getting into.

Time spent clarifying and assessing an offer now could save frustration further down the track.


© Michelle Lopez, Owner/Career Consultant
W: www.one2oneresumes.com.au

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