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Should you Accept the Job?

After months of submitting applications and attending interviews, you have finally been offered a job.  You were so excited to get to this point but now you have to make a decision.  Do you accept the job or do you let it pass? If you already have a job, this can be a difficult decision.  Here are some factors to consider:  

How will this job impact your finances?  Even if this employer is offering you a slightly higher salary, you may actually end up bringing home less money.  How will this new job impact your health and dental benefits?  If you accept this job, will you need to incur additional expenses for commuting or childcare?  You may still decide to accept the job even if it negatively impacts your income, but it's important that you take all of the financial implications into consideration before making a decision.    

Are you comfortable with the organizational culture?  The organizational culture is one of the biggest determining factors of your success at this company.  While you are there, pay attention to the way that people are dressed and the way that they interact with each other.  Look at their website and their social media profile.  If possible, talk to people who have worked at this company.  Are you a good fit for their organizational culture?  Could you imagine yourself working there?  Would you be happy working there?    

Will you be improving your life by making this change?  Sometimes we get so caught up in the excitement of getting a new job that we don't stop to consider if we are actually trading up!  Imagine that you accepted this job and you started working for this company.  How would your life be better?  How would your life be worse?  Make a list of the positives and negatives of this position and try to determine if accepting this job is right for you.  

What are your career goals?  More importantly, how will this job help you to reach your career goals?  What new skills and knowledge will you gain from this job?  If this job is going to help you in your career progression, then it might be worth putting up with a few inconveniences.  However, if the job doesn't really line up with your career goals, it might be better to wait for one that does.      

Is it the right time for you to change jobs?  Sometimes everything is right about a job, but it's just not the right time.  Perhaps you are not at the top of your game physically, or there is something going on in your personal life.  When you start a new job, you need to put in 110% and if you're not able to do that right now, it's better to hold off a bit.  In the first three months, employers are evaluating you to determine if you are a good fit for the job.  You need to be at a place in your life where you can withstand that level of scrutiny.

While it's important to be rational and to consider all the factors, you shouldn't ignore your gut feelings.  How do you feel when you think about accepting this job?  Do you feel butterflies in your stomach or does your heart just drop? The most important question to consider is: Will you be happy there?. 


(Written by Karen Bivand, Image Courtesy of