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The Pros and Cons to Your Job Offer

You have a job offer on the table! But how do you know if this is the best job offer for you?

Most job offers are first given verbally, with a written confirmation to follow. When you receive your verbal offer, always thank them for their offer and take a day to think it over and weigh your options.

The first thing you should do is make a list of the new position’s pros and cons and evaluate the offer as a whole. Grab a sheet of paper and make a large T. Along the top of the paper, write “Accepting a position with (list company name here).” On the left side, write “pros” and write ” cons ” on the right-hand side.

Now you can begin the process. You have a choice, either write all the pros of accepting the position first, then the cons, or go back and forth with a pro, then a con to taking this position.

Asking a variety of questions can help you realize some of the benefits and disadvantages associated with your decision, such as:
What are the biggest benefits of accepting this position?
What can you gain from this position?
How can this position help contribute to your career goals?
How will this position impact other areas in your life?
What would you be giving up if you took this position?
What challenges will this position present to you?
Does this position delay your career goals?
What is the commute?
Do I need to pay for parking?
Do I have sick days and vacation days?

Jobs are not just compensation; they are multifaceted. Understanding what the positives and negatives of accepting an offer will help you make a more informed decision. This is your chance to weigh both sides objectively to see if this is the right decision to move your career in the direction you desire to go.

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