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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Evaluating Job Offers

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"It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are. ~Roy Disney "

Receiving a job offer is such an exciting time! But, with that also comes a big decision—is this the right job for you? First of all, try not to accept a job offer on the spot. Give yourself some time to think it over, ensure it is a good fit, and prepare for the negotiation process.

If you have more than one offer, you will need to do your best to balance these offers and be respectful to both organizations involved. Be honest, up front, and ask for additional time if needed to make the best decision. Once you have committed to a position, it is important to follow through on that commitment and stop any further job searching.

Things to consider when accepting a job offer:

Personal Goals/Priorities
 Go back to your original job search goals and revisit your priorities—the core of your job search. Does this job fit with your core? Does it align with who you are and what you are looking for in a career? Sometimes you need to make sacrifices in the moment, and that is okay. Try to be objective and make the best decision you can right now. If you are thinking about compromising and taking a job that is less than ideal, just be sure to keep your long-term goals at the forefront of your mind to direct your future actions.

Career Field/Industry
Look at the history of growth, the future needs and trends to determine if you like the possibilities of where this job can take you. Also think about if this career field is going to align with your values. Working at an organization that you are passionate about will make the work much more enjoyable.

Think about the actual tasks that you will be accomplishing day in and day out. Does that motivate you? Do you want to wake up and go to work in the morning? If this position isn’t your dream job, does it set you up to take a step closer to your dream job? Are there opportunities to advance and continue to learn and grow?

Are you comfortable with the staff? Does it feel like a good fit? Review the organizational chart and relationships between the supervisor and staff within the organization to get a better handle on how the organization is structured and if you would be able to work within that system.

General Lifestyle
The geographical location is an important consideration. Explore the opportunities for recreation, culture, and education within the region that you will be working. Will the community give you what you need to be satisfied? If not, are there communities close by that will fulfill those needs? Is there a commute involved? Will that work with your lifestyle?

When negotiating your salary, remember that it is not just about the dollar amount they offer you. Also consider items like retirement and healthcare benefits, vacation time, childcare coverage, company vehicles and cell phones, reimbursement programs for professional development, moving expenses, gym memberships, parking permits, etc. These all add up and contribute to your total compensation package. Do these add up to something that you would fit your needs and requirements?