The Top 5: Tips for Picking the Best Job Offer
Tips from the trenches to keep your copier career on track
An Embarrassment of Choices
Job hunting means pursuing multiple opportunities, hoping at least one will pan out. For top candidates, this approach often leads to interviews with a number of interested employers – and, sometimes, to multiple job offers. Deciding which job to accept can be difficult. Before making a decision, we recommend candidates fully consider the following issues:
- Total compensation. When comparing job offers, make sure you consider all forms of compensation. Beyond basic salary, other forms of compensation like health coverage, 401(k) matches, bonuses and profit-sharing can vary widely from employer to employer. Sales professionals should also compare commission structures, client base and any other factors that could have significant effect on earning potential. If the job requires you to relocate you should also be looking at the local cost-of-living so you understand how far your paycheck would stretch.
- Company culture. According to entrepreneur James Caan, “Company culture is one of the most important factors to take into account. Unlike your salary, this is not something which can be negotiated – it is already well-established. Think about your interviews – which company had an environment you could flourish in?
- Flexibility. Assess your situation to determine how much flexibility you require. If you have family or other obligations that make significant demands on your time, a flexible employer can make the difference between a healthy work/life balance and a time-management nightmare.
- Commute. Studies have show that longer commutes contribute to high stress levels, obesity, relationship problems, back pain and more. When given a choice between a job that’s close to home and another farther away, think seriously about how much drive time you’re willing to put up with day after day.
- Advancement opportunities. Assess how each company might help or hinder your career trajectory whether it’s through continuing education, cutting edge product lines, room for advancement, etc. Never lose sight of your long-term goals when looking for the best job offer!