Student Professional Development Center

Evaluating a Job Offer

Determining if a job is a good match for you is a very subjective process.  Consider the following factors as you evaluate the offer:

The Company:

  • Organizational culture
  • Size
  • Reputation
  • Financial stability
  • Parking/transportation costs
  • Benefits
  • Relocation allowance
  • Vacation
  • Leave
  • Insurance
  • Retirement savings plan
  • Profit sharing
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Professional membership
  • Association activities
  • Social significance of work
  • Physical environment

The Position:

  • Responsibilities and tasks of the job
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Number of hours expected in a typical work day/week (40? 50? 60+?)
  • Amount of stress or pressure
  • Involvement with good supervisor, peer associates
  • Salary, salary review and promotion opportunities

Your Personal Values:

  • Comfort with the mission and goals of the organization
  • Geographic location
  • Cost of living
  • Lifestyle that the job will involve

It is important to remember that there are few organizations that will be a perfect fit; prioritize your values so you know which ones you must have and which ones you are comfortable parting with.  Feel free to schedule an appointment with a career advisor to discuss these factors.