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Evaluating and Negotiating an Offer

Once an employer has given you an offer, you may have additional questions about deciding to accept or decline a difficult one. Begin with an assessment of yourself, your needs, and your desires. Ask yourself a few questions:

  • What are my career goals? Does this job offer meet my aspirations?
  • What are my priorities and obligations? Will this job offer allow me to fulfill these needs?
  • Does this organization meet my standards, morals, and values?
  • Will this position offer me enough challenges to grow, learn, and develop new skills?
  • Is the salary competitive for your industry and geographical location while meeting your personal budget needs?  Glassdoor  and Salary.com are great resources to start researching salaries.  
  • Do the benefits and working environment meet my expectations?

Begin by researching the position and learning everything you can about it. Evaluate the organization’s current position in the industry using a resource such as Firsthand and D&B Hoovers (in connectSC under the “Online Resources” section). There are many areas to consider when doing this research, explore the resources below to learn more.

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