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    Job Offer photo from ShutterstockYou passed all of the steps for this news. You have put together a great resume and a cover letter, got noticed among other candidates and answered all of the interview questions. Finally the phone rang and the recruiter said ‘Congratulations! We decided to extend you an offer.’ Now, you cannot wait to sign the contract and start your new job but wait! Is this really the right job for you? Did you fully understand the details of the contract?

    Finding a job is already a very stressful process but evaluating an offer and making a decision is even more stressful. You should not be the person who accepts the first offer right away and when gets a new offer next week, tries to call off the first one. This is not an ethical behavior. Therefore, you should carefully evaluate every offer and try to negotiate the terms and conditions before making your decision.

    1. Do you want to negotiate for more? Maybe the salary is below your expectations. However, do you know if that salary is negotiable or not? Maybe the salary is not open to negotiation but other benefits such as vacation days, health care, payment for parking space, relocation assistance, your start date and etc. are open to negotiation.  Understanding what is negotiable in your offer can affect your decision.

    2. How is your commute? You decide to accept the offer because its location is close to your house. Then, it turns out that you need to sit at the client site because the client wants so. Moreover, the client office is an hour away from your house. Are you ready for this type of situation? Do you know where you will drive every day for work? Is there a chance to work remotely? Is there a flexible work-time policy? You should find them out before making your decision.

    3. Is there any room for advancement in the company? Make sure the company has a roadmap for career advancement and it is not a dead-end job. Do you know the company policy for promotions? Is anything written on your contract about advancement? Is there a performance review process and if there is, how are those? Every job seems exciting at first because everything around you is new and you are learning new things every day. However, after a few months, once you get used to your daily routine, you may need other opportunities to advance your skills such as getting extra training or attending conferences.


    Ceren Cubukcu is a top 5 bestselling author of Make Your American Dream A Reality: How to Find a Job as an International Student in the United States. She recently founded her consulting business to help more international students find jobs in the US in addition to her self-service digital event ticketing platform, Etkinlik Fabrikam (My Event Factory), to offer her webinars. You can follow her via Facebook or contact her via www.cerencubukcu.com/contact .

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    4 comments on “Things You Should Consider When Evaluating an Offer
    1. avatar
      Robert Testi says:

      Excellent advice, Ceren. Thinking through an offer before accepting it out of peer excitement is something many people don’t do. I thought you presented all great advice. The one part that caught my eye that I thought could be a turnoff for management on the other side was negotiating for something like a parking space. Do you think a manager could view this as a turnoff? Thank you.

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      Ceren Cubukcu says:

      If you work in a big city such as NYC, Chicago or Boston, parking can cost between 200$- 300$ per month. That is why it is normal for employees to negotiate for it especially, if they are planning to drive for work. Sometimes employers also offer discounts for parking space as a perk.

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        Robert Testi says:

        You’re absolutely right. I’m from Lake Tahoe, NV, so parking comes very easy for us. Thank you for the clarification.

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      David White says:

      Great advice! In this tough economy, too many people are too quick in saying yes to a job offer which they later find out not suitable ti their situation.
      I think it’s also good for an individual to develop their own criteria with the varying degree of importance (weight) in order to make better decision.

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