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Evaluating Potential Job Offers

Jun 6, 2008
A checklist helps you to identify the pros and cons of each offer and help you to select the best offer for your particular situation.

Narrow Down Your Choices

Decide on the parameters that you will judge the offers
that you receive. Now, be aware that these choices are made on an individual basis and should meet your own needs. In addition, the offers should also be rated according to the level of importance.

These parameters should be related to two things: the company and the type of work. The following list should help you narrow down your choices:

-The kind of business the company is engaged in.

-The overall salary package including: compensation, benefits, and incentive programs.

-It is also helpful to evaluate the size or structure of the company, whether it is locally run, and its mode of operation.

-Financial and market status of the company is important to know beforehand to avoid any unnecessary worries about growth later.

-Location of the company or whether or not you will be relocated is also an important consideration.

-Understand the company culture. This will help you to decide if your employment with the company will be a long lasting relationship or just one in a series of career moves.

The reputation of the company is also an important factor. The general public opinion of the company, the way that company is run and any adverse publicity it has received will affect your final decision.

Your checklist will help you to evaluate each job offer and zero in on which ones offer the most promise.

Growth Opportunities

Availability of room for progress is another important aspect that cannot be ignored. There is no point considering a company that does not offer room for your professional growth. The training opportunities available within a company should also be given careful consideration, as these are often key influences of your career path.

The Job Profile

Next comes the actual role you are about to play or your job profile. Consider comparing your actual job profile to your idea of the optimum role. Does it meet your expectations or exceed it? Is it going to help you in a way that enhances your skills, or acquire additional skills? The job offer should be judged on these aspects as well.

Consider the nature of the job in terms of its duration or whether it is going to be campaign or assignment based work, etc. Think over if it will be helpful for you to pursue your short-term/long-term career opportunities.

In addition, compare the job offers received based on work schedule and the compensation plan: will it be a fixed salary or will it depend upon the number of hours worked?

After comparing the job offers against these parameters, make a list of the advantages and disadvantages. After carefully weighing the pros and cons of all the offers, you will be more likely to have all of the information needed to make an informed decision.
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 six sigma professionals including, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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