Career is one thing that people start visualizing right from their school days. Everyone has their own priorities when it comes to building a successful career. However, when it comes to reality, the things can get quite tricky, as one would have to evaluate a job offer based upon different aspects ranging from salary, work culture, vision of the company and your immediate boss; the list is really endless when it comes to career priorities.
This essentially means that everyone would have their own set of prime concerns when it comes of job and job offers. However, while certain things are personal, there are a few other common things that everyone must evaluate and analyze very carefully before accepting a job offer. Some of these have been discussed in detail in the article below:
1. Designation & Role
The first and foremost thing you must check after receiving an offer letter from your HR would be the role and the designation for which you have been selected. Your role in an organization is the most important aspect which determines the kind of work you will be involved in at the organization. Similarly, your designation defines your position in the organizational hierarchy of the company while also clarifying your responsibilities and authority that are bestowed upon you as part of the job.
Another important reason because of which the one should pay special attention to Designation and Role being offered is that during the course of different interview rounds, the job profile on offer is subject to change if the employer feels that you are a better fit in the role. Or at times, organizations also change the designation being offered to new hires to ensure that existing organizational structure is not compromised and existing employees remain happy. This means that while the salary being offered would remain the same, either your role or the designation would be diluted.
More often than not, you would get to meet your future manager during the interview process. This is a very important aspect that you must keep in mind, as you would be stuck for a significant amount of time (read: 8 hours a day) with this person. S/He would be directly responsible for your learning and growth in the organization as well as your career in general.
Therefore, it is very important to have a manager that you can look up to, who is personally interested in not only achieving the organizational goals or his personal development but is also equally invested in the growth and progress of his employees. So, ensure that you confirm with your HR manager about your reporting manager and ensure that you know what kind of person he is before accepting the job offer.
3. Salary Offer & Potential
This is an obvious one and most of the people do not miss out on checking their salary package and remuneration details provided in the offer letter. But, while job aspirants are often interested in the final amount which is being offered to them, companies often have a complex pay structure under which your salary may be divided under different heads such as basic, duty allowance, conveyance, pension, provident fund and others. Some of these heads are part of your CTC i.e. Cost To Company, but will not make it your in-hand salary which you receive every month.
Therefore, while evaluating the remuneration package being offered, you must look at the overall CTC which includes all the different salary heads, as well as gross salary which denotes the in-hand component of salary which you will take home at the end of every month. Another aspect that you must look for as far as salary is considered is at the salary potential of a particular role and the market standing of compensation being offered for similar roles in the same industry.
Simply put, it means that your salary and your designation should complement each other. For instance, if you are junior executive being offered an annual CTC package of 3 LPA compared to the current market standing of 5 LPA for the same number of years, in the same industry; it might not bode well for you in long run. As whenever you switch your job, your new compensation package would be offered be in line with that you.
4. Perks & Benefits
In addition to the salary components, many job offers come with their own sets of perks and benefits. They may range from basic things such as medical benefits for the employee as well as their family to many other things including company car and even accommodation. However, there always are conditions that come along with these perks and benefits which need to be kept in mind while analyzing a job offer.
For instance, in case of medical or dental benefits, the majority of companies only contribute half the amount of insurance premium whereas the rest of the half is deducted from your salary. So do consider this while evaluating the job offer.
Another perspective one should consider while evaluating perks and benefits would be, they are again somewhere down the line part of your overall remuneration package. Company is still bearing the cost to provide you these benefits, therefore do not think of them as something that the organization is providing you over and above your pay.
5. Holidays / Leaves
When it comes to job offers, one of the most ignored aspects has to be Leaves and Holidays. In fact, career counsellors and interview gurus often ask candidates to refrain from the topics of leaves and holidays during their job discussions, as it would give a negative impact to the employer. However, it might be partially true in the case of Indian scenario, globally discussing leaves and vacations are very natural part of the job offer discussion process and isin fact promoted by HRs as well. The idea behind this discussion is to offer complete clarity to the employee regarding their yearly work schedule so that they are able to analyze if the job responsibilities and time frame required is in line with their expectation with regards to work-life balance.
But, slowly and steadily things are improved at home as well, as many HRs from top MNCs in India have started informing their employees about their leave structure and vacation days upfront at the time of joining. However, if you are still not comfortable having this conversation with HR directly, there are many other ways of finding this out through existing employees and your other network.
6. Joining & Reliving Dates
If you are joining as a fresher in your first job, these might not affect you too much, but as a professional switching job, joining and reliving dates are very important. You must ensure that your joining date at the new office falls only after your final working day at the old one. Basically, there would be a lot of documentation and paper work involved when you leave an organization. You will have to take a formal sign off and ‘no dues’ certificate from a number of different people and organizations. These include your immediate bosses as well as accounts, finance and IT dept. This process is quite tedious and takes a lot of time on your part. So make sure you are able to complete these formalities before your joining date. Failure to do you will result into denial of reliving letter without which you won’t be allowed to join your new job. So, as soon as your receive your offer letter, note down the joining date and inform your current HR to complete all the necessary reliving formalities prior to that.
7. Office Location & Commute
Another important aspect to consider in your offer letter is your office location or the place from where you would work. In majority of the cases, your office or deputation would be the same place where you appeared for the interview. But in some cases, especially when it comes to MNCs and big business conglomerates, the interview place and the place of work might be different. So, as soon as you get your offer letter note down the new office address and identify the location and tentative commute time. If the location is too –far and requires you to travel a lot (read 3 hours per day) you might have to reconsider the job offer.
So, there you have it! The 7 most important aspects that you must consider before signing the dotted line on the job offer you have received. Keeping these points in mind and considering all the issues or complexities involved with these upfront will help you in a smooth transition from your old organization to the new job. If you feel there are any other important aspects that you must consider while analysing a job offer, please let us know in the comments section below.
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