After job hunting for months, we hope and dream about the day when we finally get an offer for the job we want. We imagine giving notice (maybe finally saying all those things we wish we could have said before – not usually a good idea BTW, unless HR has a formal exit interview process!).
Imagine it…you finally get an offer! Then, all of sudden you realize you have a choice to make. It’s tempting to just jump at it, isn’t it? Especially if you’re miserable at work or you’ve faced months of unemployment.
That is why I’m here, reminding you, that sometimes taking the offer is not your best option. How can you know? By spending some time in advance, identifying what matters to you – pay and benefits are just one of those things!
Before you are faced with the decision, consider how you’ll feel about making a long commute, for example. What other conditions, specifically, would make that worth it?
Once you have your list, prioritize it. What might you be willing to compromise on? What is non-negotiable?
By laying this all out ahead of time, you’ll have a benchmark against which to measure every offer. You’ll be immediately clear on whether the offer is a good one, and you’ll know what you may want to negotiate.
Cheers to your career!