How do you know if you are accepting the right job for you?

Written by: Charlotte Rogers
Published on: 9 May 2019

Whether you have one or more job offers on the table, receiving an offer ultimately means you have to decide whether you want the job or not. You need to assess whether the job itself and the elements that come with it, will be the right fit for you. It’s common for people to get offered a job and accept it straight away with little hesitation. Spontaneity can be good in some cases, but when it comes to a new job, you should take as much time as you need to measure your options. There may be some more questions you may want to ask the employer or just want some time to compare offers. What ever your situation, take it at your own pace and it’s less likely you will have any regrets.

Trust your gut

Sometimes when you get a job offer you can instantly tell if you are happy about it or you may have some uneasy feelings about joining that team. It’s normal to have some uncertainties, but too much doubt should show you that it may not be the right path to take. You shouldn’t have to resent going into work on a day-to-day basis, so make sure straight away this is something you want to commit to. Otherwise, you may miss out on other potential opportunities that would have given you a better path for your career. Always trust your own instincts and put them before any one else’s opinions.

Ask yourself why are you doing this?

Are you taking this job because you need it? Because you like the pay packet? Or are you accepting this job because it will help you climb the ladder in your career? There is no correct answer for this question and it may be different for all job-seekers, it has to matter to you. If you are taking a job just for the sake of having a job, is it worth it to you? It’s understandable that some people may be unemployed for a long period of time and need to take the first opportunity that arises, but if this is not your case, make sure you are asking yourself if this is worth your time? Don’t settle in your career, you deserve to have the best and if you don’t think it’s worth it, don’t do it.

Think about the positives and negatives

There can be ups and downs to any job but it’s all about balance. Being able to confidently say why you want the job is the first start of any successful career. You want to be able to enjoy your job, it’s where you will spend the majority of your day. Positives include anything that is meaningful to you, something that you think makes it worth it. It’s the same for any negatives, if you find yourself thinking of a bunch of negatives, For example, the salary of the job. If you are looking for a certain rate, then it’s important to not settle for something you don’t think is worth your time. It won’t necessarily just depend on the salary, reasons for or against accepting a job may include; company culture, the location of the job and the room to develop in the role. Any reason for or against that you think is relevant, it matters. Make sure you aren’t settling just because it’s the easier option.

Assess the company

It’s important to ask relevant questions during the interview stages to find out any more information you would like to know about the company. You want to know if the business is going to be right for you. Questions can be about anything you think may be relevant. They can be regarding the company ethics, what they do and who you will be working for. Think about what you are looking for from a healthy work environment and assess whether the employer can provide it or not. Is there room to progress in this company and do they allow you to have a little bit of freedom with your role. The questions are going to be different for each job-seeker, but you are going to be spending almost 5 days a week in that environment and with those co-workers. Make sure that you will happily fit in and be accepted as well, no one wants to feel left out in a new job. Also, be aware of how much they are asking of you. Is this going to give you the work-life balance you are looking for, or will this role push you out of your comfort zone? Make sure you are assessing all elements of the job, if this is going to have too much of a strain on your home and personal life, re-evaluate your decisions. Make sure you are able to have time for yourself as well.

What will this do for your future?

You need to think about where this job will get you. Are you taking this job for the experience, the pay slip or both? Whichever reason you have decided to accept a job, it’s essential to think about your future. Engineers may think about what projects they will get the opportunity to work on or what advances the technology provided will help the make, so make sure you ask yourself questions like this. Although we should sometimes live in the moment, if job progression is important to you, see where this job will lead you. You are in charge of making your own path, so only take the one that you really want.

When you are offered a job, it can be easy to take the first one that is offered, especially if you have been looking for a while. Job-seeking can be extremely tiring, so it can seem like a way out. However, it’s good to look back on all the work you have done so far and think if this next step will be worth it. After everything you ask yourself, the decision is still yours and yours only, so make the right one for you and stick by your career choices.