Career Advice: How to Decide If a Job Is Worth Taking

Posted March 23, 2017 by in Career

Getting offered any job is a huge victory. It means that you are, in fact, employable and can be just the confidence booster you need to really give your career a better go. But you don’t have to accept every job you get offered. If you’re offered time to think about it, then take that time. Get answers to some questions and figure out if the job is really worth accepting after all.

Below are some things to consider when you have more than one job offer on the table:

Career Advice: How to Decide If a Job Is Worth Taking

Little Sign Of Turnover

The signs of high turnover should get alarm bells ringing in any potential employee’s ears. Retail Gazette highlights some of the reasons why many workplaces are showing a drastically higher rate of turnover. While salary is always important, the treatment of staff by the business plays just as large an effect on how people think about working there. Lack of employee recognition, uncompromising and unfair demands from management, and a general lack of consideration for employee needs are all common reasons why a business might have a high turnover rate.

Don’t be afraid to ask employees, even your interviewer, about how long they’ve been working there. If all the answers are unanimously less than a year, you might have something to worry about.

Employees Sing Its Praises

Naturally, if you want a better look at a how a business treats its employees, then you should get the truth straight from the horse’s mouth. Nowadays, the internet makes it a lot easier for employees to safely share honest opinions about their workplace through sites like the AlgaeCal reviews on Glassdoor, for instance. It’s important to get the perspective not just from the interviewers on what you’ll be doing, but the perspective of the work environment from those in the thick of it.

I have personally turned down a job offer after reading some terrible reviews on Glassdoor. When she asked me why, I was honest. Did it burn a bridge? Maybe, but verbal abuse from a boss is never okay. I’ve “been there; done that” already in my life.

It Offers Career Momentum

There’s a difference between a career and a job. If you’re looking for a job to pay the bills, then a career might sometimes take a backseat. If you’re always thinking about the future, then you want a position that can help you to achieve it. In most jobs, you have the right to request time off for further training or education. Better employers, however, will offer development plans and access to courses with their own resources. The employer who highlights further training and development opportunities is one who cares about the long-term fostering of talent, not just finding themselves a workhorse.

In this day and age, it’s very easy to get an amazing education online. RMIT university offers online courses that make it so you can advance your skills in a way that won’t overwhelm you or cause your work quality to decline. It’s a win-win for both you and your employer.

It Fits Your Personality, Not Just Your Skills

There’s also a difference between the skills you can bring to a position and the kind of environment you’re expected to use those skills in. It’s a good plan to get an idea of your own traits, first, to find a career that suits you. You need to figure out whether you’re a people person or not, whether persuasion is your strong suit, or whether you are leadership material. Sometimes you have to be honest and admit when you’re fundamentally not the person for the job even if you get the offer.

I once had multiple interviews at a financial institution. I definitely think I could have excelled at it; however the position wasn’t me. I’m so happy working at PRIV because I get to be a part of the beauty industry.

If you get one job offer, the chances are that you’re going to be able to get others. Don’t feel like you have to cling to whatever position will take you. Make sure you’re joining the right company before you shake any hands.