Are You Making the Right Decision about Your Next Job?

October 22nd, 2014 | Articles, Job Search | No Comments »

Accepting the job offer

Accepting a job offer isn’t always the easiest decision. When an employer extends an invitation to join the team, the knee jerk response is to say yes. Yet a new job shouldn’t be a department store impulse buy.

Sure, it’s finally within reach, but you need to find whether it’s a substantial job you really want or a fleeting change that will shortly lose flavor.

Thoughts That Keep You from the Right Choice

Michael Kerr, an international speaker and author, said to Business Insider that sometimes job seekers “take jobs simply because of the work and time they’ve invested […] They feel a sense of obligation to follow through.”

People look to rationalize all their hard work. Thus, we elevate the importance of any extreme output to give our efforts meaning. In the sphere of social psychology, it’s known as the effort justification and it often flies in opposition to what we really want.

Money also seriously muddles decision making. A study conducted by Princeton University found that our ability to solve problems takes a big dip as money adds an extra strain. Unemployed job seekers or those struggling to make ends meet have a greater tendency to leap at an opportunity without reflection.

With both biases facing job seekers, how do you manage to separate fool’s gold from the genuine article?

Asking Questions to Uncover the Truth

The first step is to eliminate any prejudices. Ask yourself questions that address the long term and don’t open you up to dissatisfaction in the near future. These types of questions are good ways to suss out your true feelings:

  • Does the culture align with your own working style?
  • Will you be challenged or bored to tears?
  • Is growth an option or will you soon be stuck in a rut?
  • Can you expect balance in your work and personal lives?

Are your responses overwhelming positive or negative? If so, use them to justify your choice.

Positive responses imply you’ll be regularly renewed by your work, the atmosphere, and the people in it. Negative responses predict where your dissatisfaction will take root and whether it’ll build to the point of a volcanic eruption. However your feeling, trust your gut and make the decision that’s right for you.

On a Final Note:

Either way, always give employers the courtesy of a prompt notice. If you accept the job offer, you’ll quickly be on your way to a new job. If you decline the job offer, it may dishearten the hiring manager, but it’ll only be a small dose of bitter medicine. A drawn out response can frustrate employers and give your professional reputation its fair share of contusions.

Doing what’s right for you benefits the company over the long term. Accept or decline, you made a decision based on a cultural fit instead of just compensation. That means less turnover for the company, and a sense of serenity knowing you made the right decision.

by James Walsh

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