What are the important factors to consider when you're searching for a job?
1. It varies for everyone, because people prioritize things differently.
As a new grad, and if you aren't learning, you will get bored very quickly. Your brain is still active--use it!
If you are absolutely in love with the work you would be doing, but can't stand the people you are working with, you will leave. Ask the companies if you can talk to more people or spend time with them in a casual setting. Feel out who you'd love to spend time with because after all, these are the people you will be spending a majority of your time with over the next few months.
4. Value Add.
After 1 year of working, is this a place where you can walk away if you had to and say? Does this job add something to your personal toolkit that can help you get to the next step in your life even if you don’t know what that might be yet?
5. Room for Growth.
If you do well in your job, does the company support personal growth? What are career trajectories or how can the company support your personal ideas as you move forward?
If you have more than one offer, what should you do?
6. When thinking about company location, salary, benefits etc, make sure that you are fairly comparing your two offers.
If you have an offer for an entry level role at a large company and a small company, know that the salary is going to look different. If you are comparing a startup, know that the salary is going to look a bit different. If you have questions about your offer, ask! Communicating early will show maturity as a candidate, and will also help you understand how a company is willing to negotiate and answer your questions to see how valuable they really think you are.
This list is very subjective. What may be important to you may not be important to me (and vice versa). For both companies, I would consider the following:
- Potential for learning and expanding my current skills学习与拓展现有技能的潜力
- Upward mobility potential往上晋升的潜力
- Current compensation (relative to local market conditions)（与当地市场条件相适应的）当前职位的补贴
- Health insurance and other fringe benefits医疗保险与其他津贴
- Driving/commuting distance and time交通/通勤距离与时间
- Financial health of the company (i.e., "Is there even a remote chance I won't get my paycheck?")公司的经济状况（即，“我有没有可能被欠薪？”）
- Historical growth of the company and assessment of their future growth公司的历史增长率与对未来增长率的评估。
- An assessment of the company/corporate culture and their values公司的评估/公司文化与价值观。
- An assessment of my would-be boss/supervisor对潜在雇主/主管的评估
- An assessment of why I "wouldn't" want to work there对我不想在这里工作的原因的评估。
- If I like/believe in the product or service they provide我是否喜欢/支持他们的产品或服务
- Average historical pay increases/year end bonuses平均历史加薪/年终奖励
I have spent my career helping employees evaluate job opportunities. Here's a few things they have found helpful as they weigh job offers:
Do your research
Not just on the company, the team, and the job (although it's very important to do this as well), but also research your motivations for doing what you do for a living. Do you go to work everyday because you enjoy solving problems? You like to travel? Ambiguity excites you?
Understanding your motivations will help you identify the roles that are right for you.
Evaluate the role
It's easy to get distracted by compensation or the thought of how a brand name employer will look on a resume. What is more difficult is to think about the long-term by maximizing the important stuff in the short term.
Research has shown that those who maximize job stretch and growth in the short term, earn significantly more in the long run than those who chase compensation. Will the opportunity presented to you allow you the ability to stretch and grow in your role?
Think twice before you leap. What you should do is to prioritize your major focuses, do some researches, communicate with people and believe yourself.