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Four Things to Consider Before Accepting a Job Offer

Four Things to Consider Before Accepting a Job Offer

So you’ve gone to a job interview for a position you’re interested in, it went well, and now the company has offered you the job. Good news! Before you accept a job offer, there are some things that you should consider.

1. Is This Position Really What You Want to Do?

You’ve gotten an offer for a position you applied to. There must have been some reason you applied for the position. Perhaps it was for a company you wanted to work for, or maybe you just wanted a job in the industry and it was what was available.

An important consideration to make before you accept a job offer is whether the position is really what you want to do. Why were you interested in this position? Do you need a job as soon as possible and are willing to take anything? Are you taking the job just because you have done a similar role before but want to move on from it?

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The reasons for taking a job will depend on your desires and your circumstances, but these are points worth considering. It may be OK to take a job that isn’t something you really want to do right now, if it allows you to get into a better position in the future.

That brings us to the next question…

2. Will This Position Get You to Where You Want to Go with Your Career?

Most of us know what we want to do. If you don’t have a plan, I suggest [developing one for your career]. It lets you know where you want to go and how to get there.

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A consideration to have for this job offer is if it will allow you to get to where you want to go with your career. Is it on the path of where you want to go? Does it allow you to improve and develop the skills for progressing your career? If not, then why did you apply for this position?

Even though it may not be the ideal job you want, there are jobs we need to do along the way to improve our skills to the level they need to be at, and to gain the experience we need.

3. Is This a Good Company to Work For?

There’s more to the job than the position and the money you’re getting paid. We should consider the company that’s offering you the position as well. Are they a good company to work for? Do they share your values and priorities? If not, does this matter to you?

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We can’t all work for the same company, and each company is different. Try to picture yourself working for this company and imagine if you’d be happy there. Work out what you want in an employer, and how important it is, and see if this is satisfactory before you accept a job offer.

The reputation of a company and other factors may or may not be important to you, but it’s probably something to consider anyway.

4. If You Accept This Job Offer, Will It Challenge You?

One of the most satisfying parts of the job for many people is that the job challenges them. It allows them to think and focus on problems and solutions for companies. It’s more than just a desk job.

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Are you someone that needs to be challenged at work? The amount of challenge that a position brings varies between all of us. Some of us like a little bit of a challenge, some of us like to be “thrown in the deep end” and many are in the middle.

You should work out how much of a challenge you need at work, and assess if the new position meets that criteria, before you accept a job offer. This will help your satisfaction in both the short and long term.

Again, your circumstances may mean this is more or less important to you. For example, if you really just need a job, or if it’s only a two month contract, then the challenge of the job may not be as important. However, it’s still something we should consider.

All of that said, getting a job offer is still a great thing and you must have done a few things right to get there. Congratulations!
What other points should we consider before accepting a job offer? Share your thoughts in the section below.

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5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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