Searching for a new job can be one of the most stressful episodes of your life. Whether you’re just out of school, coming from a company that recently downsized or are desperate to find something better, the process can consume you physically, emotionally, socially and financially.
Receiving an offer of a new position can feel as though a tremendous weight has been lifted off your shoulders. However, you shouldn’t look at that moment as the final step in your journey. It can be difficult for introverted people, in particular, to go through this process — and the need to be more outgoing and aggressive may be necessary. If you leap at the first offer to come your way, you may regret it later. It’s a good idea to take a step back and evaluate it to make sure it’s right for you.
For example, you should take the time to examine the benefits you may be eligible to receive. Certain employers may be willing to consider offering you perks such as flexible hours if you inquire. If you haven’t already, now is a good time to look into the company and see if you would be a good fit for the organizational culture or your potential superior’s management style. Depending on how satisfied you are with what is being offered, you may want to consider negotiating for more pay or better benefits. If you do so, however, you must be prepared to walk away from the deal or be ready to settle.
Don’t let the stress of job-hunting force you into settling for less than you deserve. For more advice you can use to accept a new job successfully, see the accompanying guide.
Sara Drake is Director of Marketing for Advanced Resources, a talent solutions organization headquartered in Chicago. Drake, who has 15 years of experience in the industry, focuses on talent solutions through staffing, consulting and workforce solutions.
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