Questions to Ask Yourself Before Accepting a Job
Getting a job is not always easy. It can be frustrating and seem impossible to achieve when you constantly fill out applications and go on interviews but never hear anything back. Having a job can give you security financially and help you become more responsible and independent. However, not all jobs are right for you and not all jobs are good jobs. It is important to know when to say yes and when to turn your head the other way and wait for the next opportunity. When it comes to finding a job, there a few things you should keep in mind.
How much is the pay?
Do not be scared to ask how much you will be making if it is not publicly listed or brought up in the interview. We get jobs so we can pay bills and have money to buy and do things we want, therefore, it is important to know what you will be making and if you are okay with that amount.
Are there benefits?
Normally, employees who are full-time get full access to all of the company benefits, however, some businesses offer part-time employees benefits as well, though they will not be as much as the full-time workers. When you are young and living at home, you will not understand the importance of working a job that offers medical, dental and vision insurance, vacation days and a 401k plan. I know I didn’t. But when you are no longer on your parent’s insurance and discover how much insurance can really cost you, you will be grateful for the insurance benefits at your job.
How many people work at the company?
To some, this may seem irrelevant, but for those who enjoy building relationships and working in teams, a smaller company might benefit them more than a large company of more than two hundred employees. People wanting to advance at their job may have a better chance of getting noticed at a smaller company where everyone knows each other. Large companies are great and they usually have pretty good benefits as well, but just keep the size in mind when looking for a job.
Will you enjoy the work?
Yes, we want to make money, but that doesn’t mean jump on the first job you get offered or accept a job you will despise. If you do not like the work, you will not like the job and if you don’t like the job you will not perform the best you can.
What kind of vibe do you get from the environment?
Have you ever gone on an interview and just felt like something was off? Whether that be the business’s physical appearance, the attitude of the boss, the awkwardness during the interview? Well, if you get a feeling that something is off, then most likely you are right. Your gut will tell you if a job isn’t right for you, listen to it.
How far is it from your home?
Making the drive for a job you like is perfectly okay, just keep in mind the weather conditions and plan accordingly just in case so you can make it to work on time.
Will your employer work with your school schedule?
This is very important if you are going to be a student for awhile. Even if the job you found sounds perfect because they pay twenty dollars an hour and provide pizza for lunch every day, but they will not be flexible with you when it comes to your classes, I’m sorry to have to say but you will need to keep looking. As a student, school should always come first.