New Grads: Would You Pass Up a Job Offer?

May 15, 2013

Career Advice

Recent grads - would you pass on a job offer?It sounds like crazy talk. What recent graduate would say, “No thanks,” when handed a job offer on a silver platter? Well, maybe not a lot of them, especially around this time of the year. But we’re here to tell you that it’s okay to walk the other way sometimes. A job is a big commitment on both ends — your end and the employer’s end — and you have to make sure the agreement is mutually beneficial. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before signing on the dotted line.

1. “Does this position align with my career goals?”
You must have an idea of where you want to be career-wise in five years. If this position is not a path to get you there, don’t accept it. Otherwise you’ll find yourself unhappy, you’ll leave the position, and you’ll have to start a beginner’s job search all over again. Your first position out of school doesn’t have to define your entire career, but it can be a great step in the right direction.

2. “Does this position broaden or limit my skill set?” 
Branching out slightly from your major can pay off. A journalism major may take a job in social media that eventually leads to a blogging career. A marketing major who takes a finance position may see long-term career benefits, especially if one day they feel they’ll return to school to get their MBA. Decide whether or not this career position will add anything unique to your resume.

3. “How will this position impact my lifestyle?”
Think about the location, the commute, and the cost of living. The better job may be in a less-desirable smaller town, but the salary could be higher, the commute could be easier, and the cost of living could be lower. These are the kinds of things you will be dealing with on a daily basis so be realistic about your lifestyle and budget.

Image by Paul Goyette

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