A common challenge faced by recent college graduates when they enter the job market is deciding when and if they should settle for a job offer. There are a lot of factors to consider when making these decisions in order to prevent taking on a job that you don’t really want, while also avoiding turning down an offer and remaining unemployed.
1. It can provide you with relevant experience or room to grow into a more desired position.
This is a common situation for people just entering the job market after graduating from college. More likely than not, the first job offered to a recent grad isn’t going to be their dream position that they want to stay in until retirement. A key in evaluating whether a position would be a good starting point is determining if you will gain relevant experience for what they do eventually want to be doing, and if it will help them develop more skills to become more valuable in their desired field.
2. It has a good company culture, its values align with your own and it provides good benefits.
So much of employee happiness depends on the atmosphere and culture of where they work. Upbeat, positive people in a workplace can make even the most tedious of jobs incredibly enjoyable. When the company values align with your own, you will feel far more fulfilled working there, even if its not your dream job. Working for a company that provides you with good benefits so you can enjoy your time away from work can be another factor to consider when evaluating job offers.
3. Working there will help grow your career network significantly for future job transitions.
If the new job is at a well-known, highly respected company, there can be a lot of potential to meet people and make connections for future job transitions. Gaining experience and meeting people in higher up departments is an incredibly important part of the first few years out of college in the “real-world” job market. You never know where these connections can take you in the future, perhaps right into a job opening in your dream position.
1. When a company’s values do not align with your own.
There are few things worse than working for a company you do not believe in. It can be incredibly draining and frustrating when you put in hours and hours of your life at a place that doesn’t reflect what you believe in. This is becoming a more deciding factor in evaluating different jobs, as social justice and equal opportunity are growing in importance, so it is key to ask yourself if the company you are about to accept an offer from shares your values.
2. The job doesn’t provide relevant experience to your career goals.
Don’t be quick to jump on the first opportunity to make a pay check. Clearly evaluate the position to see if it will provide you with relevant experience for future jobs, and make sure that you’ll gain some important skills and knowledge by putting in time there.
3. Employees at the company seem unhappy.
This goes along with evaluating the company culture and values. Do the current employees seem overworked, unfulfilled and exhausted? Does the hiring manager seem anxious to fill the position, likely because former people who took the same job you’re up for eventually quit? Thinking this through and determining whether or not a job would be a good fit before saying yes can save you a lot of hassle and the awkward process of quitting a job if you end up really unhappy in the position.
Making career decisions is never an easy process. It always should require careful thought and consideration of all outcomes, and also having trust in your instincts. If you get a feeling after an interview that this company wouldn’t be a good fit for you, don’t rush into employment there just to start earning a pay check. It pays more to be selective in the long run, so you aren’t wasting your time at a place that isn’t right for you.