Essential Considerations When Weighing Up Job Offers

Finding a new job can be incredibly exciting, but accepting an offer might not always be the best option. If you’ve been job hunting, and you have offers on the table, here are some essential considerations to bear in mind. 

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Job satisfaction

The average person spends around 36 hours per week at work. When you commit so much time to your job, it’s critical to make sure that you take satisfaction from it. We all have bad days, but if you don’t enjoy anything about your job, or the lows outweigh the highs, this is not a good sign. Think carefully about whether your new job would offer you the satisfaction you deserve before you accept an offer. Consider what the role entails, how you would spend your time each day and what you would take from the position. A pay increase may make you happy for the first few weeks or months, but if you don’t have job satisfaction, you may find yourself wanting to explore new opportunities further down the line. 


If you are in a relationship, it’s beneficial to think about how your new job could impact your partner. Would you have to move or would your new job mean spending more time away from home? Could you work from home more, which would be beneficial for family life, or is there even an opportunity to work together by joining the same company or doing the same job like husband and wife truckers? Would your job mean that you earn more or less money or would you be traveling more because the office is further away or the position requires travel to other cities, states or countries? Talk to your partner, read the job description carefully, ask questions before you make a decision if you need more information and establish whether your job could change your relationship. 

Company culture and values

If you are considering multiple job offers, or you have been offered a post at a new company, it’s worth taking time to find out more about the business and the company culture, ethos and values. Talk to employees if you can, ask questions and get to know the management team. You want to work in a place where you feel valued and included and it’s also beneficial to try to find a company that has values that align with yours. Positive signs to look for include corporate social responsibility programs, supporting charities and initiatives that resonate with you, high employee retention rates and benefits packages that champion employee health and well-being.

Salary and benefits

Before you accept a job offer, it’s important to make sure that you are aware of the salary and employee benefits package. Even if the salary isn’t the most crucial aspect for you, you will need to make sure that it works for you. 

If you have been looking for jobs and you have offers on the table, it’s wise to take your time to think about which roles will suit you best. Think about job satisfaction, how your new role could affect your relationships and work-life balance, find out more about company culture and values and make sure you’re aware of the salary and benefits package.