How many times have you heard someone say that he is “exploring option”? what exactly does he mean and how does he decide what is good option and what isn’t?
A job offer is a tremendous opportunity. It could be the start of a long well-rewarded career. It is also a booster to your confidence and self-esteem as a person. As such, job offers should be treated seriously and with great care when they come your way.
Here is a checklist before you sign on the dotted line:
1. Does the job fit the criteria in your career planning?
2. Are there better prospect. Does this offer have more long-term gains or short-term gains?
3. Nature of the job. Is the job challenging enough for you?
4. Training opportunities. Would you be able to learn or improve on areas that you have always wanted to?
5. Reporting structure and company culture. Is the culture and working style compatible with you value? eg. if you are a wildlife conservationist, it would be difficult for you to work in a clothing store that sells real animal fur.
6. Management style and number of support staff. Do you like reporting to a team or to just 1 person?
7. Profitability of the company. Can this company offer you share options 5 years down the road?
8. Environment. Is the work environment conducive to bringing out the best in you? If you are a quiet person, you may not be able to perform well in a noisy, crowded atmosphere such as a stock trading floor.
9. Distance from your home, parking and food. Is the office located in a place which requires you to spend a lot of money to travel and have meals out on a daily basis?Upon receiving the offer letter or company handbook, you should:
· Go through it thoroughly and understand all the clauses on salary, benefits, overtime, medical leave, working hours, probationary period etc.
· Ask for a second opinion from someone experienced and whom you trust.If you have doubt in any areas, don’t be shy. Ask the potential employer. Understand the scope of work and your job title. Make sure it is stated clearly in the offer letter