Evaluating Job Offers
This can be unsettling, especially if you have only a vague idea of what you want from employers. You’ll have to do a personal needs assessment before you can judge whether an offer is right for you. Here’s a three-step process for developing your own job-offer-evaluation checklist:
List the Basics
These are the elements without which you cannot even contemplate accepting an offer of employment. For instance, determine the minimum level of compensation you’ll need to meet your financial obligations. Then, add your essential benefits. How important is health insurance? Do you need coverage for eligible dependents as part of the package? What other factors are most important to you? The commute? Flextime? Just make sure your list contains the bare minimum you can and will accept-your personal bottom line.
Your bottom line may rise or fall, depending on whether you have a job and how badly you need this one. If you’re employed and shopping for a better opportunity, you can be more selective. If you haven’t been working for six months or more, you may discover there isn’t much to evaluate. Being able to generate an income may be the only important issue.
Theoretically, if a job offer meets your predetermined bottom line, you could accept it. However, meeting the bottom line is really a prerequisite that allows you to progress to the third step: Evaluating options to make sure the total package is the best for you. Here is a basic checklist of options you can use as a guideline for evaluating a job offer and negotiating the best deal:
- Flexible Work Environment
- Military Spouse-Friendly Work Environment