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Should I Take the Job Offer? Five Things to Consider

Last updated February 8, 2024

So you searched for jobs, applied for a number of positions, nailed the interview, and now you've received a job offer. Read more to learn about a few important things to take into consideration before accepting your next job!

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Pay, Tips, and Bonuses

You will definitely want to know how much you'll be making in your new job and how your employer will calculate your wages. For example, most part-time jobs offer hourly wages, many full-time jobs offer salaries, and some internships may offer a stipend. If you’ll be making tips at your job (as a server, barista, etc.), that may affect your wages as well. Lastly, if you're hired during the peak holiday season, your employer may offer signing bonuses or double pay on holidays. If you have any questions about your expected pay, be sure to get in touch with the company's HR representative or hiring manager before accepting the job.

Scheduling and Hours

Whether you are working a 40-hour week or are looking for a part-time job, scheduling is key to keep in mind as you make your decision. Ask the hiring manager if you will have a consistent schedule from week to week or if it will change often. If you’re balancing school and work, you will need to figure out how your work schedule fits into your class schedule. Being upfront about your needs with the hiring manager and knowing what to expect from your work schedule can help you make a decision that's best for you.

Commute

How far is the new job from your home or from school? Do you plan to drive or take public transit to get there? Before accepting the job, map out your plan to commute to and from there. If it seems like it won't be reasonable to get there consistently and on time on a regular basis, the job may not be a good fit. 

Benefits to Consider

The most immediate benefit of a job is that you get paid for your time and talent, but there are many other benefits to consider. Does the job offer Paid Time Off (PTO), health insurance, or tuition support? Be sure to ask the hiring manager about these tangible benefits. There may be other intangible benefits to consider, as well, such as a job that is aligned with your interests and skills. Getting experience in a field or industry that interests you is a great benefit of a first job!

Team Structure and Management

Do you thrive while working on a team? Would you rather work alone? Do you work well with close supervision or prefer a more laid-back leader? Every job is different and every company has a unique culture. Be sure to ask about what kind of team you will work on and how the management culture is at the company.

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