The job market has seen better days. And if you're in the middle of a job search, chances are it is taking longer than you'd like. While this can be frustrating, it's no reason to jump at the first offer that comes along.
NEW YORK — The job market has seen better days. And if you’re in the middle of a job search, chances are it is taking longer than you’d like. While this can be frustrating, it’s no reason to jump at the first offer that comes along. If the job isn’t right for you, it might do you more harm than good.
From Kiplnger.com, Erin Burt offers these three tips on how to choose the right job:
Don’t overlook benefits. Benefits are important, accounting for up to 30 percent of your total compensation. Find out how much medical and dental coverage you’ll get. Also check to see whether the company offers a 401(k) savings plan and whether it matches contributions. Don’t ignore the value of nonfinancial perks, either, such as opportunities to work from home and flexible hours.
Weigh the commute. This may not seem like a deciding factor, but a long commute can put a serious strain on your budget. If you’re driving, calculate how many miles you’ll be driving back and forth from work every week, and figure out how much gas and parking will cost you. If you’re taking the train or bus, research the costs for these. Don’t overlook the stress factor. Sitting in traffic twice a day carries a cost all its own.
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Look for opportunity for advancement. Ask the interviewer whether you’ll be able to move up and how long it takes to get a promotion. Find out about any training or mentor programs that will allow you to add to your skills and make important contacts.
These types of programs will make you more valuable to the company and increase your attractiveness to other employers — if you should decide to look for a new job in the future.