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Thinking Over a Job Offer? Here are Smart Things to Consider

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accept-and-refuse-keys-10094987Are you a first-time applicant torn between a high-paying job and doing something you’re passionate about? Or a veteran employee who has been in the business for couple of years now – enjoying your work and loving your boss – but looking for an environment that can offer you security of tenure or elevate you to a higher post?

These are always a tricky situation.

Every employee finds himself/herself at the intersection of what he/she wants and what the company needs. But the stark truth is, the disparity is just so big that we normally end up with what choices are available rather than what we actually want to do.

And while there is not a single company that can meet all of your expectations – or at the very least they are very difficult to find – your decision on what job to accept can be defined by your set of priorities. This entails a lot of time in finding your purpose and understanding your desires.

Ask yourself how you can be most effective and what you want your career to give you in return. Consider these S-M-A-R-T things and weigh them up based on your priorities:

S-hift Schedule. Are you a young mom who needs to watch over your toddler at school or a working student who has to attend weekend classes? Then cyclical schedule doesn’t work best for you. BPO companies especially call centers normally have shifting schedules that require you to work during the night or any day of the week. Consider getting a job that can give you fixed schedules so you can accommodate your personal responsibilities.

M-onetary Rewards. If you’re the head of the family or a bread winner, chances are this is a major consideration for you. Take time to know how much salary and benefits you need in order to cover your living expenses and earn a decent income to support your needs. Salary scheme may vary depending on your “market value” and the type of industry you’re into. Assess how much you’re worth commensurate with your qualifications, experiences and the nature of work being offered to you.

A-lignment. This may be defined by your educational background or something that you’re passionate about such as your interests and skills. Either to stick with a job that is related to what you have studied in college or what you just love to do is a choice you have to make. Though for me personally, it doesn’t really matter so long as you are able to find a sense of fulfilment in it.

R-etention and Growth Opportunities. Is the company that wants to hire you financially stable? Does it have clear structures that can offer you opportunities to be elevated to a higher post? Ask your employer about how it generates its revenue and the chances of you getting promoted in the future. Get to know about the company culture such as its general population, work dynamics and its training and development programs that can help you grow both as a professional and as a person.

T-ravel Time (Proximity). Calculate how much time and transportation fare you would have to spend to get to your work place. Considering something close to your home will not only save you money but also time. Moving out from your parent’s house and renting a small apartment around your workplace can be a little expensive, but this can give you a total sense of independence.

There’s too many reasons whether to accept or turn down a job offer. The things I mentioned above are just some of them and money is definitely not the only one. For most people, there’s more than just about salary and monetary benefits.

You need to factor in how the job would impact your life in general – your personal responsibilities, your interests and things that you value the most. Evaluate the job offers you have and compare them with your set of priorities. Then pick the one that matches the most with your list!

Here’s the bigger picture (something to ponder):

There is a big gap between the number of graduates and the available employment opportunities in the Philippines. Thus, the high rates of underemployment and unemployment. According to a survey, the number of unemployed Filipinos in the last quarter of 2013 was around 12 million. This includes a handful of college graduates.

So to choose whether to accept or refuse a job offer has just become a matter of privilege.