You have been aggressively searching for a job and after distributing your resume and giving innumerable interviews you get that call. You have been waiting for this moment for the longest time, understanding all about the company before hand including the boss and the company culture and there you have it- The offer letter sits in your mail, just waiting to be signed.
Things move very fast after you get the offer letter, it’s like magic. Before you know it, you have already signed the letter and looking forward to your first day in office. But before you sign on that dotted line, remember to assess the following point so that you take a good decision.
Negotiate it All
Now, of course if you get the offer letter you would have negotiated your salary. But that is not all. You should negotiate everything before you sign. For example if aren’t getting that cool a pay package you desired for but you like the company and so you plan to join it make sure it offers you some other perks to make up for the lost package. That could be relocation assistance, flexible timings, paid holidays or something else. There has to be a balance in what you ask for and what the company provides you with.
Understand it All
There are clauses and salary perks which are given fancy names to entice you into the whole idea of just signing the offer letter. Call the HR person and understand what they mean bit by bit. You wouldn’t like to sign and then regret, nor would you like things to be lost in translation. Sometimes, there is a mention of some extra perks mentioned as a part of the salary, but are never paid all that well to you. Make sure you understand all the vague pointers of the offer letter in solid and detailed terms before finally signing it.
Benefit It All
The benefits you receive are generally shown to you once you are a part of the company. But you need to make sure if the benefits offered by the company are actually helping you or not. Asking about information before hand and all the benefits that would be offered to you, would make for better decision. This way you get the time to assess if the benefits are something that would help you in long-run or not.
Travelling It All
It may seem trivial in the beginning, but the commute part becomes the first cause of a job change in most cases. If you get the offer letter make sure you know how the join would change your routine. Would you be able to adapt to it? And if the office is far off, do you think you will be able to undertake the journey from office and back. Make up your mind, weigh the pros and cons and then sign.
All the above things matter a lot and taking irrational decisions can affect your career! Choose wisely.