Kira Vermond: Should you take the job?
- July 8, 2009 7:49 AM |
- By Kira Vermond
By Kira Vermond, a Canadian freelance writer.
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They like you. They really like you. So now that employer has offered you a job, should you take it?
Particularly when the economy is in a tailspin and unemployment numbers are up, many job seekers are tempted to jump on an offer, any offer. Even if its not the right fit.
Of course sometimes you have to take the job you have a mortgage to pay, kids to feed and that nest egg is a whole lot smaller than it used to be.
But if you still have some wiggle-room, it pays to ask yourself a few questions before signing a contract. Especially if you notice any of these warning signs:
- The employer is too quick to give you the job. Did you go in for your first interview on Thursday and they called you Friday with an offer? Although it's tempting to think you're just that good, chances are this company is so desperate to fill the position, they'll take anyone crazy enough to accept it.
- The company or position does not align with your career goals. If you're accepting a big step down in seniority and pay, that's signaling to future employers that you don't value yourself. Not only that, chances are you'll feel stifled and miserable at work. Three months from now youll be back out there looking for work again. Only this time you'll have a black mark on your CV to explain away.
Another reason to turn down a job offer? Theyre mean. From bad bosses to unfriendly co-workers and high-strung HR flacks, if you take this type of job be prepared for a rough ride. Their personalities probably won't change.
And what about those companies that throw the offer on the table, but don't give you anything in writing? Run away. Chances are, if they're willing to play fast and loose with this paper trail, who knows what other unprofessional shenanigans will pop up?
One more piece of advice: Dont get your knickers in a knot about money. Unless youre being totally low-balled, a salary that is slightly less than what you hoped for probably won't amount to much of a hit in the long term if you've chosen the right job.
Want to know why? People who are happy and productive at work are much more likely to be promoted than those who are only slogging away for the cash.
Think of it this way. If you get promoted a few times over the next few years, you'll be earning much more than the original paycheque ever offered. It's all about thinking ahead.
One more thing. If all else fails, go with your gut. Because if the job you've been offered feels wrong, it probably is.
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