You are looking for work, you found a nice job advertisement on JobsTown.co.za , applied for the position and are now waiting to be called for an interview. But how can you evaluate the job offer once you get the necessary details during the interview? Let’s look at how you can evaluate jobs today:
- Salary – Money may not be the only important matter, but it is an important one nonetheless. When being made a salary offer you will consider several aspects: is the money acceptable given the average job worth on the market? Is the money enough to cover your bills? Do you feel respected? Do you feel taken advantage of? When getting paid, you must be able to live off of that money and also feel that your skills are appreciated and your studies taken into account. If you are not happy with the offer, you can consider further negotiations.
- Perks and benefits – Benefits and perks can compensate quite well for a salary that is below expectations when looking for work. Make sure you are informed though: you must know from starters what hopes to have on this matter. Ask about life and health insurance coverage, vacation opportunities, what happens if you get sick and other such issues. Check what percentage of the benefits costs is covered by the company and how much you have to contribute. There may be several benefits packages to choose from and you can ask for a copy of the plan description that you can analyze later, in your own time, before making a choice.
- Work hours and travel necessities – Before committing to a job, you must know how many work hours are involved, schedule to comply with, possibilities related to flexibility of schedule, extra work hours, weekend politics, travel needs. You might be required to be on the road three days a week, can you handle that? Or maybe the opposite: you will only have office activities and have to sit down longer than you are used to. Are you a static or a dynamic person? This will make a difference when it comes to decision making. Also to take into account is the time spent with getting to and back from work. You need to be looking for work, but is accepting a far away job time and cost efficient?
- Flexibility issues – If you have children or someone else to look after, you may unexpectedly need to leave from work because a teacher asked you to come to school, for example. Will you be able to leave work in order to solve more or less unexpected problems? Can you take breaks when it is efficient for you or is the schedule very rigid? How much flexibility do you actually need?
All in all, when you are looking for work, you will evaluate job offers taking several aspects into account: perks, schedule, work environment, and not just the money.