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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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Last Updated on September 23, 2020

Do What You Love and Love What You Do to Achieve More

Do What You Love and Love What You Do to Achieve More

Are you waking up each day looking for that perfect thing, activity, or job that will make your life work? Or, maybe you are looking for that perfect relationship. Once you “get” this new thing that will allow you to do what you love, you are sure that you will be happy forever.

In reality, life doesn’t work like that, and we would probably get bored if it did. There is likely no one thing, experience, or activity that will keep you feeling passionate and engaged all the time. What’s important is staying connected to what you love and continuing to grow in the process.

Here, we’ll talk about how to get started doing what you love and achieving more in life through the motivation it brings. Doing this doesn’t have to take a long time; it just takes determination and energy.

Most People Already Know Their Passion

So many people walk around in life “looking for” their passion. They look for it as if true passion is some mysterious thing that is difficult to find and runs away once you find it. However, the problem is rarely lack of passion.

Most of us already know what we love to do. We know what excites us, even if we haven’t done it for years. Instead, we focus on what we think we “must” do.

For example, maybe you love building model cars or painting pet portraits. Yet, each day you work a completely unrelated job and make no time for the activity you already know you love. The truth is you probably don’t need to find your passion; you just need to start doing what you already know you’re passionate about[1].

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No Activity Is Exciting All the Time

Even people who are living their dream lifestyle or working their dream job don’t love it all the time. Every job or lifestyle has parts of it that we won’t like.

Let’s say your dream is to become an actress, and you succeed. You may not enjoy the process of auditioning and facing rejection. You may experience moments of boredom when you practice your lines over and over again. But the overall experience is totally worth it.

Most of life is like that. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by demanding that life be perfect all the time. If things were perfect and easy, you would ultimately stop learning and growing, and life would begin to lack even more meaning in that case.

Be grateful for both the good and bad moments as they are both entirely necessary if you genuinely want to do what you love and love what you do.

Doing What You Love May Not Be Easy

Living a life you love is unlikely to be easy. If it was, you would not grow very much as a person. And, if you think about a great book or movie, the growth of the main character is what matters most.

What if the challenges you meet along your path to living a life you love were designed to make you grow as a person? You may actually start looking forward to challenges instead of dreading them. An easy life hardly ever makes a compelling story.

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If you struggle to overcome challenges, try writing them down each time you encounter one. Then, write down three ways you could tackle it. Try one, and if it doesn’t work, try another. This way, you’ll learn what does and doesn’t work for you.

How to Do What You Love

There are many small steps you can take to ensure you are making time to do the things you love. Start with these, and you’ll likely find that you’re already on the right track.

1. Choose Your Priorities Wisely

Many people claim they want to do something, yet they don’t do it. The truth is they might not really want to do it in the first place[2].

We all end up following through on what matters most to us. We make decisions moment by moment about what we need to focus on. What we choose to do is what we deem most important in our lives.

If there is something you claim you want to do but you don’t do it, try asking yourself how much you really want it or where it’s currently placed on priority list. Are there other things you want more?

Be honest with yourself: what you currently do each day is a reflection of your priorities. Recognize that you can change your priorities at any time.

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Make a list of your priorities. Really take the time to think this through. Then, ask yourself if what you are doing each day reflects them. For example, if you believe your top priority is spending more time with your family, but you consistently take on extra hours at work, you’re not really prioritizing things in the way you think you are.

If this is happening, it’s time to make a change.

2. Do One Small Thing Each Day

As stated above, doing what you love doesn’t have to mean finding that perfect job that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning. If you want to do what you love, start with one small thing each day.

Maybe you love reading a good book. Take ten minutes before bed to read.

Maybe you love swimming. Get a membership at the local YMCA, and go there for thirty minutes after work each day.

Dedicating even a short amount of time to something that brings you joy each day will improve your life overall. You may find that, over time, a career path related to what you love to do pops up. After doing the thing you love each day, you’ll be more than prepared to take it on when the opportunity arises.

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If you need help making time for your passions, check out this article to get started.

3. Prepare to Make Sacrifices

If you are an exceptionally busy person (aren’t we all?), you may have to make sacrifices in order to make space for the things you are passionate about. Maybe you take on less extra hours at the office or take thirty minutes away from another hobby in order to develop another that you enjoy.

Looking at your priority list will help you decide what can get put on the back burner and what can’t. Remember, do this thinking about what will help you feel good about how you’re spending your time. 

For example, if you love writing but rarely make time for it, consider getting up 30 minutes earlier than normal. Or instead of browsing your phone for 30 minutes before bed, you can write instead. There is always a way to find time for what you love.

Final Thoughts

If you love what you do, each day becomes a joyful adventure. If you don’t love what you are doing, life feels like a chore. The best way to achieve success is to design a life you love and live it every day.

Remember, doing something you love doesn’t have to include big gestures or time-consuming projects. Start small and grow from there.

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