It’s the goal of every job search: the offer letter. But, as leading North Houston recruiters, Kingwood Personnel knows that some aren’t as straightforward as you’d think. It’s therefore vital to take the time necessary to reflect on yours and ensure it meets your expectations and needs. Here are some areas to focus on when you do:

The basics.

These include your job title, the manager you’ll be reporting to, your location, your start date and the hours you have to work. While these might seem like no-brainers, it’s important to make sure there aren’t any surprises. For instance, if the job title is different from what you thought, then ask why. This is your opportunity to make sure the offer meets your expectations and to negotiate any areas that don’t.

The compensation package.

This should include your salary, any commissions or bonuses, and projected increases. While you might be excited about the offer, don’t let your enthusiasm get in the way of being realistic. Whatever you’re being offered should be competitive for your field and your level of experience. If it’s not, then again, this is a point you’ll want to negotiate.

Beyond salary, it’s also important to evaluate your benefits. A robust benefits plan can often make up for a salary that’s a little low. On the other hand, if your benefits come with high premiums and high deductibles, along with hefty out-of-pocket expenses, then you might end up earning less money than you anticipated.

In addition, make sure you fully understand the company retirement benefits, pension plan, stock options, life and disability insurance, and any other benefits offered, including paid time off.

The hidden costs and perks.

Every employer comes with a host of these. For instance:

  • If your commute time is considerably more or less than your last job, it will impact how much you spend on gas each month.
  • If the company has an onsite daycare and offers a discount to employees, then you’ll have to consider how much you’ll save there and for how long.
  • If this job requires more formal attire – and you don’t have a lot of suits – you’ll need to calculate the cost of upgrading your wardrobe.

Also, if there are any specifics you negotiated beforehand, such as telecommuting two days a week, make sure these are in your offer letter. If they’re not in writing, then there’s no guarantee you’ll get them.

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