One of the most anticipated moments is when you start getting offers after all the time and energy invested in preparing your job search. Now you just have to choose the one that suits you. Without doubt, the wage represents the determining factor in most cases.
But remember that although money is essential, there are other factors that you can evaluate to reach the right decision. Apart from the salary, other factors include health insurance, vacation, 401k, scheduling flexibility, ability to work from home, opportunity to advance within the company, or office environment.
Let’s start with the salary: most determining factor in evaluating tenders. The annual salary that offer you can compare with the average salary in your industry and in your city. In payscale.com, for example, you can find out the average salary depending on the job and the city where you go to work. If you move to another state, differences in the cost of living can play a decisive role.
Health insurance should be considered as a relevant factor. Question additional amount you pay to have adequate insurance for your circumstances. Asks the details of health insurance carefully written so that it can study.
Retirement plans also play an important role in the evaluation of bids. And are almost nonexistent companies offering a certain amount at retirement. Today, some companies do not offer retirement plans and others they offer help matching every dollar invested in the plan up to a certain ceiling.
The number of paid vacation days is another factor to evaluate when accepting a job. In some companies, the vacation days accumulate as you work. In others, however, they can ensure you get two weeks paid from the first year you work.
Today, l flexible working hours can be decisive when choosing your next job. Some companies allow their employees to put their own hours as long as they meet all the stated objectives. Imagine the possibility to attend events of your children in school and to complete your work tasks without having to miss a school event.
And schedule flexibility, the ability to work from home some days has become a possibility for many workers. If this option draws attention, ask HR before you accept the offer if it would be a possibility to consider.
Opportunities to move up the company. If your ambition is to climb and climb position, ask first if the job offered no chance of doing so. Typically, the size of the company has much to do with the growth you can get into it. In a small family of seven people, it will be very difficult to get a promotion.
Finally, the atmosphere in the office -Culture corporativa- can help tip the balance on one of the offers. You’ll probably spend more than 40 hours a week at that job so that an analysis of chemistry between the company and you will be beneficial. Asked how the atmosphere in the office authorities structured, serious, relaxed, suit and tie, fun, loud. Do not look wrapped in a job that does not strike you as likely to be an ordeal for you and you’ll end up wishing you had chosen one of the other offers.
Ask for the offer in writing. When you have evaluated all the offers that are many- I hope considering the above factors, be sure to ask that offer in writing. Sometimes the person you have answered the questions, on vacation and flexitime, does not have the authority to make such decisions. Legally you are protected if you request a formal written offer that includes all the details spoken by phone or in person.
Negotiate salary. You may have several offers in writing and one of them excel by all the above factors, minus the salary. Perhaps the salary you think below average and what you are worth. Can you negotiate? Obviously, there is always the possibility of negotiating wages but you run the risk of the company opts for a second candidate. One thing is clear: if you really think your salary for this position should be slightly higher, mention and ask about the possibility to negotiate. Be prepared to provide specific data on average wage in your city and for such positions. And finally remembers the value of the other factors.
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