Understanding your value
Understand what you’re giving up
Weigh non-salary benefits
Other things to consider in a job offer
- Your long-term career development. Does one job offer the chance for more growth than another?
- The culture and colleagues. The importance of your daily life at work can’t be overstated. Do you enjoy the culture and people you work with at your current employer? If you’re considering outside job offers, how well do you think you would fit in at each of your prospective organizations? Consider the overall flexibility of the work environment as well. Being able to start earlier or later than the traditional 9 to 5 schedule may be a bonus.
- How much influence will you have? Your impact at work can depend on the size of the organization and your role within it. Will you have a chance to shine in one organization versus another? It can be frustrating to be in a role with limited impact if you’re hoping to get noticed and move up. That’s not always the case—some people just want to do their job and go home.
- Commuting and travel. This is a big quality-of-life issue. Spending a long time commuting every day or even several times a week can impact your happiness. It may be a consideration if one of your employment options is more convenient. Traveling for a job can be similar. Some people love to travel for work but not everyone does. Understanding what works with your life and your preferences can help you find the best fit.
- Remote working options. Some lines of work allow and even encourage you to work from home. Such an option is not only a question of work-life balance, but some companies are actively encouraging people to work remotely to save on real estate costs or to deal with crowding.