President & CEO
Lainie Bennett is President and CEO of Millennium Personnel Corp., an independently owned and operated boutique administrative employment agency.
Congratulations! After all of your hard work in revamping your resume and cover letter, and going out on a bunch of interviews, you finally received a job offer! Although you may be eager to say yes and jump right in to a new job, it’s important to take time to consider the offer. Do not make any rash decisions without evaluating what’s on the table.
The most important question to ask yourself: “Is this the right fit for me?” In order to answer that question, here are a few things to consider.
1. Does the job fall in line with your career goals?
I am pretty sure you’ve been asked about your short-term and long-term goals on an interview or two. The reason is plain and simple – the employer wants to gauge your commitment to the job. In the same way, you should ask yourself this question and figure out your 5-year and 10-year goals. Then, determine if the position you’ve been offered will put you in line to attain those goals.
2. Do you fit in with the company culture?
Each company has its own unique way of operating, which defines its culture. Company culture incorporates a variety of elements, including work environment, company mission, ethics, expectations, and goals. Understanding the company’s culture is a crucial determining factor of whether or not you’ll fit in and thrive in the new position.
3. Does the position excite you?
Let’s face it, no one wants to work in a career that they consider boring. It’s essential to be happy at your place of work. However, you want to be absolutely sure that you differentiate whether you’re eager about the position or eager that you were offered the role. Rushing to accept a job offer may lead to big regrets down the line.
4. Any advancement opportunities?
Most job seekers look for new employment because they feel stuck in their current role. Therefore, you want to make sure that you’re not jumping from one jam to the next. If career growth is important to you, don’t be afraid to ask the employer if there is room for advancement.
5. What are the benefits and perks?
Don’t be ashamed of using salary as a deciding factor for accepting work. However, don’t let that be the main reason to accept a job offer. Take a look at the whole picture and consider everything that’s being offered: health benefits, pension plan, retirement plan, paid time off, travel reimbursement, tuition reimbursement, etc. Once you have a clear understanding of the job offer as a whole, then make your decision.
Yes, having to look for a new job can be scary. Heck, accepting a new job offer is a huge move! Therefore, make sure you thoroughly consider that job offer before you say yes.
If you have any questions about hiring, or if we can be a sounding board for your job search inquiries, please contact us at 212-244-2777.