Is this Job Right for Me?

August 19th, 2013 | Articles, Job Search | No Comments »

is this job right for me

Your resume was solid, the interview went well, and now the company wants to bring you on board, yet you can’t help but ask yourself: is this job right for me?

It’s a legitimate question as you will likely be spending an extended period of time working for this company. You will play by their policies, interact with the people who work there, and receive the pay and benefits that they offer you. Unless you are absolutely sure that there will be no other offers from any other companies coming your way it behooves you ask yourself if this is the right job for you.

How exactly do you know if this job is right for you? Consider pondering the following questions and thoughts before making the decision whether or not to commit.

Big companies versus small companies

Is this a multinational corporation or a small, privately owned company? Different sized companies offer very different work atmospheres. Do you prefer to work closely with everyone and take on a diverse array of company tasks, or do you prefer to take on one specific job that benefits the operation of a greater company machine?

Also, large companies tend to have multiple departments that need to be staffed, which means changing jobs doesn’t have to mean changing companies. Smaller companies, on the other hand, may offer more versatility in your daily activates, allowing you to wear multiple hats.

What kind of work will you be doing?

What industry does your company service or provide products for? If you have zero interest in programming software for the medical industry, and would much rather prefer to design software for education systems, it may not be the best idea to take that job at a healthcare solutions company.

Also, find out what our average day will look like at the company and ask yourself if this is what you want to be doing 8 hours a day, five days a week, for an extended period of time.

Management style

Do you work better when you are left to your own devices or do you prefer to have constant supervision? If you work best when left alone then you will most surely clash with a department that micromanages what its employees do. If you need the constant attention of a hands-on boss to keep you on track then it may not be the best idea to take up a loosely managed position.

Start-up or well established

Start-ups tend to have a flexible future and often give freedom to their employees as to how they get their work done. If you want to have a large say the company’s ultimate direction then a small start-up may be the place for you. Established companies tend to be more systematic and require employees to assimilate into their conventional mold while smaller companies may value your input a bit more.


What is your future with this company? Is there room for skills or promotional growth? Unless you want to spend the rest of your career in the same position with the same company then this is something you will definitely want to factor into your decision.

How long is the commute?

While this should not be the deal breaker in your decision, it shouldn’t be pushed out of you mind completely. Long commutes over years at a company can chip away at a person and cause work fatigue. Getting up in the morning and driving 15 minutes to work is a whole different world from driving 60+ minutes in traffic.

Perks, Benefits, and Salary

We love to say we don’t do it for the money but in the end that is what a job comes down to. You don’t have to sacrifice your happiness for a bigger paycheck and better benefits, but nevertheless it is something to take into account before accepting a job offer.

It is also beneficial to weigh the cost of healthcare and other benefits. It may be better to take a lower paying job that offers better health coverage (which can be quite costly in and of itself) or matches a 401K at a higher percentage.

Perks are different and vary greatly by company. While they don’t have to be the deciding factor, having free coffee and dart boards in the office can contribute to a much more satisfying career.

By Kevin Withers

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