There are numerous factors to consider when evaluating and comparing job offers, including:
- The duties and responsiblities of the job itself.
- Salary and opportunities for bonuses or raises.
- Geographic location and the lifestyle it offers.
- Benefits such as insurance, paid vacation and sick days, retirement, and professional development.
- Culture of the organization and the team or department you'd be working most closely with.
Consider each of these factors when evaluating an offer and determine how important each one is in relation to the others. You may be willing to take a slightly lower salary to live in your dream location, for example.
Some students have found it helpful to take the free Live Values Inventory when evaluating an offer to see how it aligns with their current values and priorities. You can also meet with a career advisor to further discuss values and your decision-making process.
Considering negotiating an element of your offer letter?
Should I Negotiation? And How to Negotiate
Don't negotiate over email. Use this phone call template instead!
Need to ask for more time to make a decision?
Asking for more time, whether or not you have another offer in hand
3 questions to ask with a job offer deadline approaching
Guide to juggling multiple job offers
Ready to accept or decline an offer?
Accepting an offer
Declining an offer
How to gracefully turn down a job offer
3 keys to turning down a job offer without burning bridges
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If you'd like to speak with a career advisor about your unique situation, visit Handshake to schedule an appointment.