7-Step Checklist for Considering a Job Offer

Emotions run high with job offers, and even the level-headed may stumble.

Take-home pay is only a fraction of what you should consider.
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The commute. You received a taste of what commuting might be like during interviews, but now that you've received the offer, take to the streets once more. This time, travel to and from the office during the hours you'd report to and from work, and imagine how you'll fare doing that day after day, throughout various seasons and travel conditions. Weigh your test run against how much you actually want the job you're offered. Having some perspective on the long-term, tiresome effects might change your opinion.

The location. Taking into account the job's location isn't quite the same as commute, and unfortunately, it's one that plenty of job seekers overlook, particularly those conducting a long-distance job search. "A lot of the time when I'm working with people who are planning to relocate, they haven't really dug deep enough to know whether it's worth it to move for a job," Truitt says. It's also a useful exercise for locals to consider whether their new potential workplace is central and convenient. Take a drive or walk around the surrounding area where your job is located, and answer the following: Is it safe and well lit? What food/lunch options exist? How far are you from your doctor's offices, your gym and your auto mechanic? Will you have to pay for daily parking, or is the workplace accessible by public transit? These issues might seem small, but they add up once you're on the job.