A friend of mine learned that the division he was in was going to be shut down and he had 6 months before his job was eliminated. So the good news was that he had 6 months to find a job. The bad news was that he only had 6 months to find a job. The mindset and approach to finding a job is very different when you are out of work (or about to be out of work) versus looking for a job while you are still working (with no expectation that you are going to lose your current job). When you are employed and looking for a job you have the luxury of waiting until the right job comes along. When you are unemployed (or about to be unemployed), it is difficult tell the difference between the best job offer and the last job offer.
So the big question is, how do you evaluate a job offer when you are unemployed? If you’ve got a cushion of money from severance, maybe you can be more selective. But, if you are like most of us, your ability to absorb long term unemployment is minimal (or less). The steps you take to evaluate a job offer are the same whether you are employed or not, it’s the decision that becomes more difficult.
Evaluating Job Offers:
- Job-Offer Evaluation Checklist -This article is from Monster.com and it does a great job in listing many of the “other” items you should consider when evaluating a job offer. Most of us think in $/compensation terms, but there are so many other factors you could and should consider.
- Advice for the Long-Term Unemployed – While this is a great article for the long term unemployed, the point in listing it here is so that you don’t become one of the long term unemployed. This is a great article to read and fully consider at the start of your job search..
- How to Evaluate a Job Offer – This article is by Alison Doyle from About.com and offers some great advice in evaluating a job offer. Money of course, but also perks, hours, flexibility, corporate culture and, of course, what is important to you. Take a look, this is worth a read.
The Right Company and Job for You: Getting an offer is wonderful, getting the what you are worth is even better, but not making a mistake is the most important thing to remember (and sometimes the hardest to achieve). Remember, the interview is not just about you getting the job, it is also about you getting the company (as in, is this a place where you would like to work).
- How To Find The Right Company for You – This article can be found on JobMob and provides some great advice on choosing the perfect company (for you). Read this when considering the companies where you would like to interview as well as before you get an offer.
- Seven Points To Evaluate In Your Next Job Interview – What about your questions on an interview? Are you asking the right questions and are you getting the right answers? So often we forget that we are interviewing the company as well. This article can be found on Glassdoor.com and offers some advice on evaluating companies where you are interviewing.
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