So you’ve been offered a new job! That’s great news. But are you sure it’s really everything that it’s cracked up to be? It will certainly pay off to ask your new employers any burning questions that you may have. You should also spend some time going through all the small print on the contract. But what do you need to look out for? Here are some of the most important things to consider before saying ‘yes’ to the job.
How Dangerous Will The Job Be?
If there is an element of danger in a job, you need to make sure that the employer provides all the necessary safety equipment. This if for your own safety! They should also have a stellar health and safety record. Ask to see it if you have the chance. If they have multiple accidents on their record, then this could be cause for concern. One excellent question to ask is about the safety measures they take, and how they ensure all their employees are kept safe. If could also be worth taking out some extra insurance to cover you at work. You can take a look online for information, like at http://www.claybrooke.org.uk/occupations/
No one wants to be made redundant after the first few weeks of work. The best way to make sure this doesn’t happen to you is only to accept an offer of a job that is stable and secure, both contractually and financially. Think about how the current economy is doing right now. If you have heard news of lots of companies in different industries laying people off, you might be best waiting a few months to accept a job offer. If possible, try to chat to current employees to try to find out what the mood is like about the future of the company.
Changes To Your Lifestyle
Everyone thinks about a new salary when they are considering job offers. But many people don’t think about the changes to their lifestyle that the new job will require them to make—things like your commuting time. If you new job is further away than your old one, you will probably end up spending more time commuting every day. You might not be too bothered about changing your lifestyle around your job. But will you be able to change your job around your lifestyle? If you are thinking of starting a family anytime soon, you will need to consider whether flexible hours will be available in your new workplace. You can find out more about that here https://www.gov.uk/flexible-working/overview
This is a big one many people forget to check before they sign their new contract. What’s the company’s culture like? Does it align with your values and personality? If not, you could end up clashing with some of your new co-workers. Try to take a look behind the scenes to see if you’d fit into this new office environment.
Good luck in the new job!
[post contributed for tamarhela.com]