Job hunting can be stressful and time consuming, so when a job offer is extended, it helps to have criteria in place to evaluate the opportunity. How do you know when to say “yes”? These signs may be the green lights you’re looking for.
Meets Your Goals: One of the key reasons to accept a position is that it meets the goals, or at least most of the goals, of your job search. If you’re working with a recruiting firm, the agency should already know what you’re looking for and steer you to the right kinds of companies. But if your job search is solo, you’ll want to make sure to write down your needs and wants, as well as your must-haves. When you receive an offer, use this list to see how closely the new position matches what you’re looking for. If there’s a close match, it’s a move in the right direction.
Positive Reputation: Do your homework and research your prospective employer. If you have a recruiter, it’s likely they can provide more in-depth information about the business, possibly from another candidate they’ve placed there. They may also know about the company culture. You can also look online, talk to friends who know about the company and check the Better Business Bureau. Analyze what you see and hear. Bottom line: the more positive the responses, the more likely the job is for you.
Little Turnover: Whether you’re looking for administrative work, light industrial, or something else, a telltale sign that you’re heading to a good company is that its employees stay there. Every company has some turnover, but you’re looking for the business that has employees who want to be there every day. When interviewing, keep an eye on employees. Are they smiling and enjoying each other’s company? How busy are they? If you sense a positive energy in the workplace, you may have found a position worth accepting.
There’s a Future: An important reason to accept a position is that you can see yourself there long term. If the position, company culture, and salary are good fits, look for signs that you’ll have opportunities for personal and professional growth. If you’re interested in management and leadership roles, ask about them when you interview. When an employer is willing to invest in you, it’s a good sign that they’ll be a good employer.
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