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How to Evaluate a Job Offer

You worked seemingly endless hours on your resume to get it just right. You even had your friends proofread it. You never let your friends proofread anything.

You got the interview. You got the callback. You nailed the callback.

You got the job offer.

Man, that was a lot of work, but it’s realy just started.

Let’s go over a few tips that can help you evaluate a job offer and how to negotiate where needed or possible.

Money is important. In fact, it’s probably the most important thing when it comes to accepting a job offer. So, it’s a good idea to take a hard look at the salary offer and take things into consideration such as whether or not you have to drive further, if it is within the parameters of what you expected, etc. If the figures don’t exactly meet what you’re looking for, then it’s time to counter.

Factor in other benefits. It may be the most important part, but money isn’t the only part. A proper compensatory package can help you in ways that a salary can sometimes not.

“Find out details on health and life insurance coverage, vacation, sick time, disability, and other benefit programs. Inquire about how much of the benefits costs are provided by the company, in full, and how much you are expected to contribute.” - The Balance1

What about retirement? Inquiring about the company’s retirement initiatives is of utmost importance. Find out what you can contribute, ask about employer matches elimination periods, vesting schedules and pre-tax savings.2


Views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of Raymond James & Associates and are subject to change without notice. Information contained herein was received from sources believed to be reliable, but accuracy is not guaranteed.

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