How to Evaluate Job Offers and Zoom In On the Right Opportunity for You

Written by Ann Wilson

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You are now ready to scrutinizerepparttar job offer(s). Your objective -- to make sure you have enough quality information on hand. Refer torepparttar 137653 pre-interview research you would have done onrepparttar 137654 company. Your personal network can be a very valuable source of inputs -- so ask several people what they think ofrepparttar 137655 organization.

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Ifrepparttar 137666 offer matches well withrepparttar 137667 factors that are most important to you and many others, then you can seriously consider acceptingrepparttar 137668 offer. Else, try negotiating to get more of what you want. If thatís not possible, keep looking till you get a job offer thatís a reasonably close fit with your interests.

Follow these simple steps and youíll find yourself making better job and career choices.

Ann Wilson is a successful business author who writes extensively on jobs and careers. Her articles include best tips for job interviews, the right questions to ask at an interview and many others offering cutting-edge advice on interviewing.

Evaluating Job Offers -- Eleven Warning Signs You Must Watch Out For

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7. They told you a story aboutrepparttar company or about your career prospects that sounded too good to be true. When something sounds that way, it usually is.

8. The company is a small business that is not very profitable and does not seem to have access to strong funding sources. Itís very easy for small businesses to go bankrupt if theyíre mismanaged to any degree.

9. The position you are being offered has high turnover. This is usually a bad sign.

10. The interviewers keep saying that they want you to hitrepparttar 137652 ground running from day one. This may imply that they donít haverepparttar 137653 means to provide enough support for your role. This could be a problem particularly if youíre used to working for large organizations that do provide lots of support.

11. The whole interviewing process was done in a big hurry or in a disorganized manner, leaving you in doubt whether they really had a chance to know you.

The presence of a warning sign fromrepparttar 137654 list above does not necessarily mean you have to write off that organization as an employer. It does mean that you must get all additional information you need.

Perhaps you could get an opinion from a trusted friend who is familiar withrepparttar 137655 industry and company. You need to do some serious thinking before you make a decision either way.

Ann Wilson is a successful business author who writes extensively on jobs and careers. Her articles include best interview tips, how to write effective thank you notes and many others offering cutting-edge advice on interviewing.

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