First off, congrats! The hard work of creating your resume, writing a cover letter, completing the rounds of interviews and everything else that has gone into this acceptance. However, before you say yes to that offer there are few elements you should consider according to muse.com and other various job advice websites. Here are the top four elements that are vital parts of your decision:
While your salary is obviously important, this holds just as much significance. The company culture defines the environment you work in so find one that best suits your personality and ideal workplace. Some companies offer vending machines with beer, happy hour after 5 on Friday, volunteer events or other fun activities to integrate into the workplace.
Opportunities within the Company
Getting a job is an investment of your time, so you want it to be worth it. During your interview it is a good idea to ask about possible opportunities that the company offers to its employees, especially the ones that hold your specific job title. This can be professional development opportunities such as attending conferences, workshops, or training programs. It can also include travel opportunities whether they are local, national or international. Oh and don’t forget about academic opportunities. if you plan on pursuing your master’s degree in the future, see if your company offers tuition reimbursement! Nobody wants more student loans, so get your company to pay it for you!
Considering the future of your company is a must. Since you are straight out of college and starting your career you want it to be with a company that is thriving. This will require some added research on your end. Look through the company’s annual report, recent press releases, future plan and more. Give yourself a holistic idea of what the company is going to look like 5 or even 10 years out. This is even a good question to ask the employer during an interview!
This can make or break some jobs. Be sure that your direct boss is someone you can get along easily with. While it is not recommended that you become best friends with him/her, the muse.com suggests that having a professional role model and mentor is imperative to your success in any job.Not only will this add ease to your job, you are more likely to get more skills and knowledge out of it by simply having a boss that you trust and respect.