You’ve been job hunting for quite a while, and it’s starting to feel like you’re never going to get an offer. You might not have reached the point of desperation, but things are heading in that direction. And then you get the call you’ve been hoping for—there’s a job offer on the table.

Your first reaction is to accept it. After all, you need to start generating income to pay your bills, and it sure would be nice to have a few extra dollars of spending money. Who knows when another opportunity will come along?

It’s natural to want to pounce on the first offer that comes your way. But is it the right thing to do? Maybe. Maybe not. Like any other decision, you should try to make it rationally. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you sign the letter of acceptance. You might save yourself some major frustration down the road.

Are you taking this job only for the paycheck?

People who tell you it isn’t good to work only for the money are probably not having difficulty balancing their budget. Nevertheless, this is good advice. You need to look beyond the paycheck.

Ask yourself if this opportunity is aligned with your career goals. Will you be using the skills you’ve developed and learning new things that will enhance and shape your career? Or will you be wandering far off your career path in favor of earning money?

Of course, if you must have a paycheck right now to meet your responsibilities, you might need to take this job as a stopgap solution until something better suited to your goals comes along.

Does this job run counter to your set of values?

No matter how much you need a paycheck, you will be miserable if you work for a company or in a position that takes you away from your values. In other words, if you value service to others, a company whose mission is to squeeze out the maximum profits will likely not be a good fit for you. Or if you believe the proper work-life balance is important, a job that requires 60-hour weeks will become distasteful quickly.

What other opportunities will you forfeit?

Once you commit to this offer, are you cutting yourself off from other opportunities? The joy and sense of relief that comes from a new job will fade quickly if this job keeps you from pursuing your outside interests or takes time away from your family. Think about all these trade-offs before you make your final decision.

Are you listening to your gut?

Even if you have a deliberate system for evaluating this opportunity, don’t ignore your intuition. Were you comfortable with the people with whom you interacted at the new company? Did you get a good feeling when you were in the plant or office? You can’t make your decision solely on your gut feeling, but it should help guide your decision.

Do you need help deciding?

When you work with our local Georgia recruiting company, we help you with your job search and assist you in working through any concerns. Contact Focus of Georgia to use our resources to help you land your next job.


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