Despite the pandemic, this is still an opportune time to explore career opportunities in the employment marketplace. That’s because companies and organizations are still hiring and top job candidates are still in demand to fill those positions.
If you did explore the marketplace and pursue other opportunities, you might receive an offer of employment. And naturally, with what’s currently happening in the country and around the world, one of the things you would consider about the offer is how the employer has handled the COVID-19 pandemic so far and how they plan to handle it going forward.
However, there are other key considerations when evaluating a job offer, and it would not be a good idea to neglect them if you find yourself in such a situation. Changing jobs is typically one of the biggest decisions that a person can make during their lifetime, so it only makes sense that you would carefully weigh the pros and cons.
And we’re here to help! Below are six key factors for evaluating a job offer:
#1—Starting salary, benefits, and perks
Ask yourself how much of a motivator salary is in this process. It’s important to determine what the minimum salary is that you will accept and then stick to that figure when the offer is extended. (Although it’s also a good idea to have a salary range in mind.)
Does your new title denote a step up the career ladder or is it a lateral move? And how important is position title in relation to the other things on this list?
How stable is the company, both financially and in terms of turnover? What kind of potential does it have for growth in the industry? Everybody wants to work for a winner. So make sure that if you change jobs, you’re working for a winner.
Is the company you’re interviewing with a larger than your current company? Are you interested in working for a bigger employer? The size of an organization has a lot to do with its company culture, and you should make sure that you’re comfortable with whatever culture you’re about to enter.
#5—Potential for advancement
Do you have the potential to move through the ranks via a promotion and/or a raise? If so, how long do you think it will take? Although it’s not a good idea to ask these questions directly, you can still get a sense of how things operate within the organization.
#6—Access to professional development
Will you have the opportunity to gain new knowledge and experience in this new position? Will ongoing training be part of your job description?
The final step is to prioritize this list. What is most important to you at this stage of your career? What is second-most important, and so on down the line. Unless you know exactly what you want, you will be less likely to actually get it.
The Doepker Group has experience placing professionals in the Information Technology and Engineering fields, and we can place you, as well.