It seems the economy is thankfully turning a corner with increased
activity visible across a number of different sectors such as construction,
architectural, food industry & professional services. This has resulted in a lot more job
opportunities, so much so that some job seekers are now receiving multiple job
offers during their change in employment. It is very quickly moving from an
employer’s market to a candidate’s market and as such choosing the right
employer and waiting for the right package is now an option for some.
But getting back to your question should you accept or decline the
offer, it really depends on the offer and a myriad of considerations from
personal to professional. Although the
position you have been offered may not have the initial financial rewards you
had hoped for, don’t forget it may still offer you a step in the right
direction and sometimes this step in the right direction can propel you forward
considerably and is much more important than any short term financial gain.
Look at the offer in detail and factor in questions such as, is the
company closer to home? Is there paid overtime? Are expenses accepted for work
related activities? Is there career growth potential? Does this new position
get me closer to where I want to go in my career? Does it include educational
support, pension or health care? Are there more holidays? Flexi-time or early finish on a Friday?
You see on the surface the base salary offered may be disappointing but take the time to sit
down with a calculator and work out the complete offering in detail and you may
find it’s not that bad after all.
Bottom line, examine all aspects of the offer and before you decline the
offer go back to the company with your comments, if it’s still not for you then
don’t accept. Remember, sometimes you need to take a side step in order to get
to your dreams and this is the price of progress.