On the hunt for a new job?  We totally understand the struggle.  While the job search process may seem like it is never ending for some, it is such a joyous occasion when the coveted offer letter hits your email inbox.  And although you may be extremely excited to receive an offer, before you say yes to the job here are 3 things for you to consider.

1. Career Goals

Does the company have a solid succession planning process or is this a high priority for them?  Succession planning is a process for identifying and developing new leaders who can replace old leaders when they leave, retire or die.  It can be an important way to identify employees who have the current skills or the potential to develop skills that can help them move up in an organization.  If you have a clear and distinct career goal you should align yourself with a company that puts a priority on ways for you to navigate throughout the company and get closer to that goal.  No one wants to stay at a job with no growth potential.  If you have not asked about the opportunities for growth do so before accepting the offer.

2. Work-life Balance

This may or may not be a deal breaker for you.  When it comes to work-life balance there are a few things to consider.  How far is the commute?  Will you be in the car 2-3 hours a day even though the pay might be more than your previous employer?  If so, you must determine if that is a trade-off you can handle.  Is your role demanding to the point where you will receive emails at midnight and calls all throughout the night?  Asking about the company’s work-life balance up-front will save you some time.  Another useful tactic is search for current and past employee reviews on Glassdoor.com.  This will give you a deeper behind the scenes view of the company.

3. Culture

Several employers conduct multiple round of interviews to ensure the prospective candidate is the “right fit”.  However, you should also take it upon yourself to be in interview mode with them as well.  Take note of your surroundings while interviewing, dress code, and conversations.  Does the company represent a place you would like to work? The culture of a company can either motivate you to be more productive or drain the life out of you by the end of the day.  Ensure the company’s culture is a nice fit before signing on the dotted line.  It could save you months of frustration.

Visit Rock Career Development to learn more about career and interview coaching.

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