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Should You Take That Offer?

Should You Take That Offer?

You’ll certainly have some things to think about when a new job offer comes along. If you're unhappy at your current job, or desperate to find something (college grads, we're talking to you here) you might want to slow it down a little and think about the following:

1.) Look at what’s motivating you.

You’re unhappy, we get it. But, will taking this job offer be akin to jumping from the frying pan into the fire? Define what you want out of a career.

2.) Define your job role.

What characteristics does the job absolutely need to have? Which ones are nice to have? And which ones are intolerable? Knowing up front can help you make better decisions later down the line.

3.) Does the offer meet your goals/needs?
Compare the offer on the table to the criteria you set up from step two. Do they match or are they completely opposite? If the offer doesn’t match your criteria it’s likely that you’ll be just as unhappy there as you are now.

4.) Will you gain anything from this offer?
This can be experience, opportunity to advance your career in the right direction, ability to be closer to home for family, whatever. If it’s not exactly what you want right now, can it get you there?

Looking at these four steps, you can probably answer pretty well whether or not you should take the job offer.
Do you have any additional ways of considering whether or not to take a new job?  [Monster]

Posted: 7/25/08