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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 job offer. 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?
  • Do the salary, benefits, and working environment meet my expectations?

Begin by researching the position and learning everything you can about it. Learn all about the organization and evaluate its current position in the industry. There are many things to consider when doing this research. Explore the resources below to learn more.

Online Resources

The USC Career Center offers multiple resources to help individuals explore their career opportunities. We have curated several of our favorite resources to help discover career paths, learn about internship positions, and find full-time jobs.




Tap into the USC Trojan Network to get career advice. Alumni may offer valuable insight on how to transition from USC to the workplace. Many alumni are excited to give back to current students.

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