In one of our recent Candidate Connection Blogs, we discussed other aspects of the job offer besides salary. As the economy slowly recovers, many stories have appeared in the media about companies being more willing to negotiate salary with “top candidates” – those people with leading-edge skills, experience and certifications.
But what if you are not one of those “top candidates”? What if you do not have experience with UNIX or various CRM systems? What if you have not earned a certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) or earned a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)? The answer is to look at other aspects of the job that would appeal to you – things like the benefits and perks, perceived job security, and even your new boss.
It is important to investigate all aspects of the job offer. Salary is only really one component, and whereas it is true that you cannot pay bills with your vacation time, it is also true that you spend almost of a quarter of your year at work. Should it not be a positive, rewarding experience?
The bottom line in evaluating a job offer is that there is not a certain formula that needs to be followed. Everyone has a different set of circumstances that they have to be mindful of. If you have been out of work for a period of time, your circumstances are different than someone who is looking to break through into the supervisory ranks.
In addition, a perfect job for you could be the worst job ever for someone else. Look at your job offer. Does it sound interesting, exciting, challenging? Are you being offered a fair wage? Again, salary is not everything, but a fair wage is a fair wage. If you do not know what fair is, do your homework. Sites such as Salary.com or WantedAnalytics or PayScale are good places to begin.
Think back to your interview. Did you feel comfortable with everyone who greeted and spoke to you? Can you envision yourself working there for a long time? Did employees appear to be genuinely friendly and happy to have you as an employee?
But listen to your gut. If you can just not shake that nagging feeling that something is just not right, then this is probably not the job for you. Another offer will be right down the road, and that one might be a better fit.
By Christiane Soto, Snelling.com
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