Money is obviously the most important thing to consider when accepting a new job off. But what else matters? After changing jobs many times I’ve learned these are the 7 things to consider besides salary when accepting a job offer.
Things To Consider Besides Salary
Here are the things to consider with a job offer beyond just salary!
While sometimes a salary might seem low, the job may offer amazing growth potential.
If you see a clear path of advancement then this might be a job to consider. Even just the ability to grow as an individual with great mentorship might be worth accepting the job.
Money isn’t everything and growing your career can have huge financial benefits as time goes on.
Sure you’ve read the job description. Dig deeper in the interview by asking questions about your day to day duties and you might find some surprising nuggets of information.
Consider whether your job duties will be interesting or challenging to you. You might not want to take a job where you will be bored and unfulfilled.
Commuting a long distance can add money from your budget and lower your quality of life. A long commute can make a good job a miserable one.
If you are looking at a job offer from a company that is too far away from your home, then you have to consider whether the job is worth it. Maybe it’s worth moving closer after a time. Or maybe it’s a better idea to find a job that is closer to where you live now.
Personally commute is a big deal for me and I never have a commute more than 15 minutes.
Does this company handle it’s day to day business in a way that aligns with your values? Look at things like the dress code, vacation policy. Are these and other policies something you can live with over time?
Ask lots of questions before accepting the job offer to find out if there are any policies that exist that will make it hard for you to be employed there.
Were the people you met during the interview people you’d like to be around for extended periods? Were they professional? Polite? While everyone is on their best behavior during interviews, it’s still a great time to size up your future boss and coworkers. Evaluate whether or not they are people you would enjoy working with.
You can ask during the interview why a position is open to see if it was because of personality conflicts or ask to meet people you’d be working with in order to make a decision before accepting an offer.
Many people don’t consider management style when accepting a job offer but it will make a huge difference in how much you love your new job or how much you hate it.
You boss has a huge effect on your well-being at work so try to find out as much about them before accepting your job offer. Will you end up hating them? Having a bad boss is a common reason people quit their job.
Their management style and style of interacting with you will greatly determine your job satisfaction so consider this before saying yes to any job.
Your Financial Situation
How is your savings account? Is it fully stocked? If you are sensing signs a job might not be all it’s talked up to be during the interview process then you might want to consider passing on the offer.
If you have a fully funded emergency fund or side income then this decision becomes easier to handle. You might also get into the job and realize it’s not what you expected so having a backup plan and full savings account makes it easier to rectify a mistake or find something else.
Accepting A Job Offer
Basically, try to learn as much as possible about you can about the job you will be taking.
You don’t want to end up frustrated or burned out at the new job. Finding the right position with an inspiring leader will make a huge difference in your life.
Those are just a few of the things beyond a salary to consider when deciding whether or not to accept a job offer. These things might not be immediate in your mind but they will greatly contribute to your satisfaction in life over time.
Mary is the founder of Pennies Not Perfection where she shares her journey to build wealth through online income. She quit her day job in 2021 after she paid off her debt and doubled her 9-5 salary.
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