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5 things to consider before accepting a job offer

Last updated on: February 21, 2013 07:51 IST

5 things to consider before accepting a job offer

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How many of us really read the fine print before signing on the dotted line of a job offer? Well, if you are among those who don't, here's why you must do it the next time.

When one reaches the final year, all one aspires for is a decent job -- the ultimate goal of all the years spent at college.

Most of us are willing to do anything required of us to get a good opportunity, but once it is offered we go mute and stop questioning the employers.

And being a fresher doesn't help for sure.

But, it's high time that we correct this mistake.

If you are a top talent, then, let me assure you -- you do have a say!

Here are some points, apart from the salary of course, one must consider before accepting any job offer:

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1. What will I be working on?

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Job description is definitely the most important point to focus on.

There are many companies out there, who just hire candidates and call them 'resources'.

The selected candidates usually undergo a training on all the aspects the company works in and then they are randomly allocated to different projects, without considering the interest and expertise of the candidate.

It is always helpful to ask the recruiter to give you an overview of the nature of the work expected of you, to save yourself from frustration later on.

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2. How long will I be working?

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I am sure most of us do not care much about it, but then we must care about our work hours.

If one does not prefer working in late night shifts, we must inform the recruiter before accepting the offer.

By conveying such information to employers, there is every possibility that they will fit you accordingly.

Usually in cases where one wants to pursue higher studies, one needs to plan the day accordingly.

Letting your employers know is, thus, a good step forward.

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3. Where will I be working?

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Your location is surely a vital point.

Is it all right for you to relocate to a new city?

We all might face this problem -- where we are sent to cities where we cannot adjust.

One might argue that being a fresher renders you powerless with regard to choice, but then, it is better to discuss it with your employer.

Not just that, everybody has some priorities in life and unfavourable locations can ruin their plans.

Ask yourself if you are comfortable with traveling.

Get all your location-related details right before signing your contract.

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4. What kind of growth opportunities can I expect?

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It might be a little early to ask, but, having a rough idea about it would certainly help to plan the future of your career.

Generally, we accept whichever job is offered to us, without really digging into the details.

However, it'll be really wise of you to gain a brief overview of the various growth prospects in the organisation and also the time between your promotions.

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5. Read the contract!!!

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Last, but certainly not the least, important point is reading the contract.

Most of the times, it is designed to be in the favour of the organisation.

We must go through it properly, keeping in mind our priorities.

We must evaluate the exit policies carefully.

A good question to ask is -- How long are we in a bond with the company?

One must not just sign a contract in the excitement of getting a job, but must evaluate all the points wisely.

Why repent later, when you have the choice of looking for an alternative opportunity in case you are not comfortable with the terms and conditions.

Follow these five simple steps and make a wise career decision!

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