Looking for a job is such a hassle. You have to modify your CV and cover letter when applying, prepare for interviews, and there’s always the chance you won’t get the job. Some professionals have been actively looking for a job for months or even years, with little to no success. Understandably, when you do finally succeed and get the job offer, you’ll likely want to jump on the opportunity. However, before you decide to sign the contract and take the job, there are factors to consider before accepting a job offer.
You’ve likely seen professionals who are excited when taking a job, then a few weeks later they can’t wait to leave. Others will stick through, but are miserable all through. While every scenario is different, most of these professionals rushedly took the job without first evaluating if it is the best career and personal move.
Some of the factors to consider before taking a job offer include;
1. Is it the right career move?
Out of desperation, professionals apply for any job they come across, even if it is not in their field. For example, if you’re an accountant, working in a customer service job won’t help advance your career.
Before accepting a job offer, look at what the job means for your career. Does the position help your career, or does it take you to an entirely different career path?
2. Is there room for growth?
No one wants to be stuck in the same position and level for a decade. Unfortunately, few professionals consider this before accepting the job offer. While you’ll likely be excited about starting your new job, you also need to think about the future objectively.
Are there opportunities for growth in the position, department and organization? If there’s no room for growth, you can still take the job, but work one establishing a career growth plan, either within or outside the organization.
3. Will you fit in the company?
Give that most of your day is spent working, it’s imperative that you find a job that you not only love, but you get with the company’s culture and ethos. You might be stepping into a toxic work environment or even a company that goes against your beliefs and principles.
For example, some people have a dedicated religious day. If you take the job, can you still attend to your religious beliefs without the job’s interference? If, for instance, you’ll be required to work on your day of worship, you may want to evaluate whether to take the job or not.
4. Can you perform in the new role?
Every company operates differently; even if you’re coming from a similar role from a different company, some of the roles and tasks will be different. As you’re applying for the position, take a keen look at the job description and requirements, matching them against your skills and abilities.
If you don’t think you’ll rightly execute the roles, it’s best not to take the opportunity as it will end with you leaving soon after. However, we should also mention there’s room to learn, and if you’re unsure about a few of the roles, you can bring this up during the interview. If you have some level of understanding, you can take the job as your improve your understanding and execution of the tasks. As Richard Branson puts it, “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity, but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!”
Ultimately, there’s a lot to consider before accepting a job offer. When you fail to consider these factors, you’ll likely end up miserable in the position, and in some cases, you’ll quit or get fired within the first three months, which won’t reflect well on future opportunities. While it may take some time, try and go for the opportunity where you can excel and grow.
What other factors do you consider before accepting a job application?