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Evaluating a job offer - The Job and Opportunities offered by employers

The Job

Even if everything else about the job is attractive, you will be unhappy if you dislike the day-to-day work. Determin­ing in advance whether you will like the work may be difficult. However, the more you find out about the job before accepting or rejecting the offer, the more likely you are to make the right choice. Consider the following questions:

Where is the job located?

If the job is in another section of the country, you need to con­sider the cost of living, the availability of housing and transpor­tation, and the quality of educational and recreational facilities in that section of the country. Even if the job location is in your area, you should consider the time and expense of commuting.

Does the work match your interests and make good use of your skills?

The duties and responsibilities of the job should be explained in enough detail to answer this question.

How important is the job to the company or organisation?

An explanation of where you fit in the organisation and how you are supposed to contribute to its overall goals should give you an idea of the job’s importance.

What will the hours be?

Most jobs involve regular hours for example, 40 hours a week, during the day, Monday through Friday. Other jobs re­quire night, weekend, or holiday work. In addition, some jobs routinely require overtime to meet deadlines or sales or produc­tion goals, or to better serve customers. Consider the effect that the work hours will have on your personal life.

How long do most people who enter this job stay with the company?

High turnover can mean dissatisfaction with the nature of the work or something else about the job.

Opportunities offered by employers

A good job offers you op­portunities to learn new skills, increase your earnings, and rise to positions of greater authority, responsibility, and prestige. A lack of opportunities can dampen interest in the work and result in frustration and boredom. Some companies develop training plans for their employees. What valuable new skills does the company plan to teach you? The employer should give you some idea of promotion pos­sibilities within the organisation. What is the next step on the career ladder? If you have to wait for a job to become vacant before you can be promoted, how long does this usually take? When opportunities for advancement do arise, will you com­pete with applicants from outside the company? Can you apply for jobs for which you qualify elsewhere within the organiza­tion, or is mobility within the firm limited?

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