When looking for a job, salary is often one of the most sought after pieces of information for applicants. For many, it can either make or break a job offer. But, while salary is important to consider, that mindset will in most cases do more harm than good. By focusing heavily on salary, the number of potential positions will quickly be limited. Though the dream job may be out there, more likely than not, you will have to make sacrifices for a higher paying job. This could mean less work life balance, high levels of stress in the workplace or potentially moving to a new location, which could all make the job less satisfying, even with the increase in pay. In this post, we will look at some of the other considerations that a job seeker should examine before accepting a job offer.
In many of today’s workplaces, work life balance dominates the conversation when discussing employee benefits. The opportunity for flexible scheduling is something all job seekers should know about. Some employers allow employees the chance to work from home or change their weekly schedule to fit their needs. This goes a long way in attracting and retaining high quality candidates and employees. If you have a long commute or children at home the benefit of a flexible schedule could allow for saving of both time and money.
The current condition of the company along with their prospects for the future is critical as it can have long term impact on potential job growth and development. For example, an increase in number of employees at an organization demonstrates growth for business, which could signal greater advancement opportunities. When working at a company or in an industry where the work will always be there, a peace of mind will be offered that a salary might not be able to match.
When you find a company that matches with your personality and values, the work environment will be much more satisfying. The enjoyment of work can be contagious, so if you find a company with a strong culture where employees like each other and the work they do, it will make it easier for you to do the same. Although this isn’t as easy to measure as salary, the benefits of a good company culture have long reaching impacts that can affect your life both at work and at home.
Below are some other benefits and perks to consider when weighing job offers:
• Insurance (Health, Dental and Vision)
• Paid Time Off
• Retirement Plan
• Dress Code
Unsure if you should accept the job offer? Check out our previous blog on the subject here.