After all of the time and effort you’ve invested in your job search, there’s nothing more satisfying than receiving a job offer. Although you’re likely brimming with excitement about your new opportunity, keep in mind that a job offer is something to carefully consider — you may even want to do a little negotiating.
If you’re unsure how to evaluate your new offer, follow the criteria that Jen offers Roger as part of our Engineering Career GPS series on Engineering.com. One key point to keep in mind? There’s much more to a job offer package than the salary, although your rate of compensation is undeniably important.
As you consider your job offer, think about your priorities, too. You, like Roger, likely want to be paid at fair market value for your skills. Other factors of your offer to evaluate include bonuses, profit sharing, benefits and vacation time. Be sure to also weigh your long-term career plans against the offer, too. Do you have the sense that opportunities for advancement will be available? Will your new job help you build skills that will prepare you for where you want to go?
After all, changing jobs is a big step. And just as your prospective employer has used tools like your resume, cover letter and interview to help them decide that you’re the best fit, now’s the time for you to consider your long-term career plan, your research about the new company and the job offer to decide that this new opportunity is the best move for your professional development.
You’ve come a long way in your job search, so don’t forget to celebrate this accomplishment. And if you’re just now considering new career opportunities, keep Burns & McDonnell on your radar. Visit our Careers pages, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay up-to-date with the latest career opportunities. You might discover your dream job is waiting!