What to consider before taking on a job offer

Friday January 25 2019

The offer. Before you sign that job offer,

The offer. Before you sign that job offer, understand the terms and conditions. Photo by David Stanley Mukooza 

By Dorcus Murungi

Many times, people take on jobs without thinking hard about the offer. This is probably because they searched for a job for long or cannot wait to change jobs. But should one just take on any job offer that comes their way? Should they just sign the acceptance letter for a job and immediately start work without thinking it through? Well, according to Lucy Asiimwe, a human resource manager at Ministry of Public service, it is important for a person to put some sensitive issues into consideration before accepting any job offer.
“It is advisable that you understand the terms and conditions of any job before you take it on, this will help you determine whether you will handle the job or not,” she says.

Evaluate the job
According to Rhitah Kirungi, a state attorney in Arua, it is necessary for one to evaluate any job before taking it on. She observes that one needs to weigh the pros and cons of the job and take some time to think about the offer.
She advises people not to say yes right away before clearly analysing some issues so as to avoid frustrations in future. “Before you agree to take on the job, consider the entire compensation package. This should include salary, other benefits, work environment, the schedule and the hours.
Also, consider the job description, not forgetting to put into consideration whether you would be happy working at this job,” she advises.

Will the job help you grow?
Nicholas Bashaija, a radio presenter, says before taking up a new job offer, it is important to check if it has room for growth. “If you are like most people, you probably do not want to change jobs every year for the rest of your life, but you need to know that you will meet new challenges and learn new skills, even when you stay put. Ideally, your new role should come with the possibility of growing into another, higher position at the same company.
Nothing like moving up the corporate ladder without having to roll over your weight,” he says.

Negotiate the salary
Nicholas Bashaija, radio presenter at KRC radio Fortportal, says it is important for one to know the salary and benefits that come with the job before accepting the offer.
He says on many occasions, employers take advantage of the job scarcity to underpay workers, especially fresh graduates. He advises people, especially fresh graduates,not settle for less. “Once you have considered all the details of your offer, take another look at the salary. Is it enough? Would you rather be earning more? Is there room to negotiate? If you are not contented with the pay cheque, it may turn into a problem regardless of how great the benefits are,” he notes.

Are you passionate about the job?
Do you love the job that you have been given, does the position allow you to use the skills you most enjoy, how often?
Asimwe says these should be some of the questions you ask yourself before taking on any job offer. She says when one has passion for the job, it is a guarantee that they will ably perform their tasks.

Look out for future prospects
Kirungi says in today’s job market, no position lasts forever. She explains that this requires one to evaluate how this position will passion them for the future.
“Will this job keep you active? Will the day-to-day responsibilities let you practice skills that will make you even more marketable in the future? Does this position come with increased responsibility? Will working at this company give your resume added credibility? Does the job give you a “foot in the door” to make a desired career change?,” Kirungi says these and more questions should be thought about before taking on any job offer.