Feature Article:

Status Quo Pep Talks That Can Threaten Your Leadership
PERMISSION TO REPUBLISH: This article may be republished in newsletters and on web sites provided attribution is provided to the author, and it appears with the included copyright, resource box and live web site link. Email notice of intent to...
...Read More


How to Evaluate Job Offers and Zoom In On the Right Opportunity for You


Youíve been successful in your job hunt and have received a job offer. Maybe you received more than one offer. Thatís great. The next question is, how do you evaluate an offer to see if it is the right one for you? Letís look at some real answers.

The first step is to identify your priorities. Many people make the mistake of evaluating just the offer. They look at salary, work content, benefits, etc but not what they themselves value in a job. Unfortunately, if you donít know what satisfies you, youíre evaluating in a vacuum.

So how do you identify your priorities? First, make a long list of all possible factors you can think of. Hereís a sample list: match between job responsibilities and your interests, work environment & culture, skill utilization / development, supervisor, coworkers, stability of the organization, potential for growth, salary, benefits, perks, hours you are expected to work, length of commute, location, options for formal training, opportunities to learn new skills, personality fit with the type of work, outstation travel requirements. Add more factors that interest you.

Next, rate each criterion on a scale of 1--10, where 10 indicates that a factor is extremely important to you. Ideally, you should have just a few criteria with ratings of 8, 9 and 10. Those are the critical things you should look for in a job. If you rate most criteria at 8--10, do a rethink and come up with a shorter list of factors that are really key for you. And never mind what your coworkers or friends think are important. Focus solely on what YOU think is important.

You are now ready to scrutinize the job offer(s). Your objective -- to make sure you have enough quality information on hand. Refer to the pre-interview research you would have done on the company. Your personal network can be a very valuable source of inputs -- so ask several people what they think of the organization.

Do a search on the Ďnet and see what you can turn up on the company, senior management personnel and even your supervisor. Call up the company and ask questions. If they truly want you, then theyíll be willing to share information.

Talk to the person who last held the position. If he or she has moved on to another organization, call them up and have a short, informal chat.

Once youíre reasonably convinced you have adequate information thatís reliable, itís time to match the job offer to your priorities. Pull out the sheet on which youíve written down your criteria.

For each criterion, review the information you gathered and see how well the job stacks up against that criterion. As you do this exercise, you may find that you either increase or decrease the importance for some criteria. Thatís fine.

If the offer matches well with the factors that are most important to you and many others, then you can seriously consider accepting the offer. Else, try negotiating to get more of what you want. If thatís not possible, keep looking till you get a job offer thatís a reasonably close fit with your interests.

Follow these simple steps and youíll find yourself making better job and career choices.

About the Author

Ann Wilson is a successful business author who writes extensively on jobs and careers. Her articles include best tips for job interviews, the right questions to ask at an interview and many others offering cutting-edge advice on interviewing.


More Reading:

Effect of Perfumed Candles and Flowers

The Retail Cardiac Chain of Survival or How to Survive a Heart Attack at the Mall

Guerilla Mythbusting 5 Snappy Rules For Spotting and Exposing Popular Nonsense

Distance Learning Education for the 21st century

Classification Essay

Katrina Recession

Internet and EducationOne Moms Perspective

Holistic Junctions Featured School of the Week New York Chiropractic College

Corporate Coaching and Employees One Step Ahead

Look Before You Leap How and Why to Do Pre Interview Research to Snag a Job of Your Dreams


Business Search 


Additional Reading

Effect of Perfumed Candles and Flowers
ĎFlowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine to the soul.í From time immemorial, humans have tapped the power of flowers. Perfumes are made from flowers, oils are extracted from them and in...
...Read More

The Retail Cardiac Chain of Survival; or, How to Survive a Heart Attack at the Mall
What if your customer suddenly clutched his chest and passed out in front of you? Do you know what to do? The federal Cardiac Arrest Survival Act (CASA) states that "A successful chain of survival requires the first person on the scene to take...
...Read More

Guerilla Mythbusting: 5 Snappy Rules For Spotting and Exposing Popular Nonsense
College students tend to wax enthusiastic about the lessons they pick up in class. Curiously, this very admirable trait, a thirst for knowledge, has a downside to it. When one learns at a rate best described as "alarming," which college students...
...Read More

Distance Learning Ė Education for the 21st century
Chances are you know someone who is working toward a college or post-college degree via the Internet. Perhaps you yourself have attended online classes to continue your education, obtain a certification, or to improve you chances for advancement in...
...Read More

Classification Essay
A classification essay is written to organize objects into categories basing upon a unique organizing principle and giving examples that fit into each selected category. A classification essay should therefore begin with the identification of the...
...Read More