Factors You Should Consider Before Signing a Job Offer

Updated : February 16th, 2017

Receiving a job offer is often thrilling. Whether it’s your first job offer as a college graduate or one after a brief break in the career, signing a offer letter is one of the most cherished moments in life. We often tend to accept and sign the job contract without much scrutiny, focussing merely on the monetary aspect. One must understand the fact that it’s not only money that we work for. Most of us are focussed on other facets of a job such as career growth, domain expertise, reputation of the company and so on. The job offer should be in sync with both personal and professional aspirations.

Therefore, do not blindly sign the offer letter. Take some time and ask yourself questions on multiple fronts before accepting it. Remember, a job is a long time commitment that we make. Weigh it to explore the various pros and cons and sign if you are completely satisfied. We’ve collated a list of some of the most intriguing questions you must ask yourself before starting a new job.

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Job Profile & Designation

Study the job profile and ask yourself if it syncs with your aspirations. You may have given the interview in haste owing to various personal factors and not really found the time to get into the nitty gritties of it. Before signing the job offer, be convinced about your job role, the place of work, shift timings, nature of job and so on. Also ensure that the designation is on par with your previous job.

In Proportionate with Personal Goals

Ask yourself plenty of questions in this regard. Did you decide to take up the job for money or for the exposure it gives you? Does it match the educational qualification and skills? Will it help you in achieving the short term and long term career goals? A series of such questions should arise before accepting the offer. Remember, a job is a long time commitment which may hamper your personal goals in a longer run. You may be end up being trapped in a skill that you had only planned to stick onto for a brief period.

Monetary Compensation

No matter how much you hate to disagree, we all work for money at the end of day. Weigh the compensation offered against your financial commitments and goals. Ensure it covers the living expenses and also helps you save for the future. If you’re not contented with the compensation and perks, go ahead and negotiate with the company. Most of them do consider revising the salary to an extent.

Work Life Balance

21st century has given rise to a global employee whose work is no longer confined to office space alone. With rapid progression in technology and increased penetration of mobile devices into our lives, people are finding it difficult to balance work and personal life. Job roles are increasingly becoming dynamic and are often fuelled by long work hours, due diligence that tends to eat up personal space. In order to avoid heartburn in the future, underline the key facets of your job to check if  it will affect your personal and family life to a great extent.

If you’re in the midst of finding employment after being laid off due to involuntary reasons from the previous one, apply for Unemployment Insurance in your state that guarantees weekly monetary compensation for up to 26 weeks on the basis of eligibility.

  1. I have been working for the same company for the past 11 years. I started out cleaning apartments, then landscaping and finally Asst. Manager for the past seven years. However, the owner/ manager had us all sign papers claiming we were “Independent Contractors.” I worked Monday thru Friday from 8am – 5pm the entire 11 years. Obviously, in reality, we had Never been “Independent Contractors.”
    Finally, October 2018 we became employee’s. On May 10, 2019 he sold the business which puts us all out of work. I tried filing for unemployment, but, I don’t have enough quarters in. Assuming I’m still out of work, can I wait for the next quarter to end, thus giving me the 2 quarters I need or will it not make a difference.

  2. I have been working as an hourly employee for the last 4 months. Currently the board of the nonprofit agency came to me and told me that I had to file a 1099 or go to part time or find a new job. I have a scheduled time that I report to work. What are the laws here in Florida about who can receive a 1099

  3. I am unemployed and currently going to a community college. How can I apply for federal assistance?

    1. Carol,

      If you’re able and available for full-time employment, you can directly go to the website of the Unemployment Office and apply.

  4. I have worked in AZ since March 2016. However, I moved lived and worked for my employer in CA since 08/02/1982. Can I apply for Cali unemployment benefits?

    1. Robert,

      You should be applying from the state where your employment was based. Employers generally remit unemployment taxes to the state where the employee is based.

  5. I have been trying for over a month to file and I still do not seem to be able to do it, but I finally got to the correct place, I think.

  6. Cumberland NJ Unemployment Center kept me on hold for 2 hours; I finally had someone answer my call, after providing my information and question regarding the status of my NJ Unemployment Claim the representative disconnected my call.

  7. Excellent list of things to help execute better. Even taking 3 or 4 of these that one does not currently utilize could help immensely.

    1. How did you calculate the total weekly Illinois benefit of $1495? Also, why isn’t Washington and Minnesota listed in your top 5 states with the highest paid unemployment insurance compensation?

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