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Be Smart When Choosing A Job Offer

Apr 2, 2008
There are thousands and even millions of people out there who would absolutely love to be in your shoes. Even if the job market is going strong, most students, for several reasons, find themselves struggling to land a job.

However, no matter how rosy your situation may seem, you might find yourself in a bit of a pickle, and deciding which job offer to choose can be quite a challenging task. This article will help you get started when it comes to choosing the single most fantastic job offer from a multitude of offers.

What to Consider When Getting Started

First and foremost, always make sure that you have done your homework thoroughly when it comes to knowing about the jobs, the organizations, and even the minutest details of every offer. In doing so, you can measure the pros against the cons. If you happen to be misinformed or lack information, you can always search for it from employers, mentors, researches and even asking around.

Ask former employees and career services for feedback about the organizations and jobs that you are singling out, and make sure that your new office has an alumni adviser to help you get in touch with contact former employees working in the organization. Since there is no such thing as an ideal formula, the best way to get started when choosing a suitable job offer is to make a list off all the factors that you deem important in your new job.

Your list could include features like what kind of work you will be entitled to perform, the reputation of the organization, the training program, benefits, salary structure, location of the office, growth opportunities, work environment, leave structures, and so on.

What Matters the Most to You

Once you've got your list sorted out, rank them according to the order of importance. For instance, if you feel that the type of work you are entitled to do is the most important aspect of any job, then put that right on top followed by the salary structure and then probably the benefits.

Next, take a look at the job offer that seems the most appealing and take each feature and rate it against your list. Once you are done with rating the various features for each job opportunity that has come your way, total up the score and see which one ranks the highest. Although this may not be the most accurate method of measuring anything, it is the best way to find out what job provides you with the best features.

Weigh Each Option Carefully

When making your final decision, remember to weigh the pros and cons of each job offer carefully. Don't be swayed by prestigious job titles and famous organizations. While it may be useful to get help and advice from friends and family, you are the final decision maker. You must make sure that you job experience is a good one and will permit you to grow. However, always remember that there is no such thing as a perfect job. So, take into consideration all those important factors that you are willing to compromise on.

Even though you will always look out for your own best interests and attempt to make the best possible decisions, always keep in mind that your decision can be revocable. As you keep progressing in your career path, your job priorities will shift and change.

So, keeping all these factors in mind - all the best for your new job!
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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