Turning down a job offer based solely on rate of pay? You might be missing the big picture, and a potential opportunity.
Here’s an excerpt from an email I received recently. (Background: A candidate, and soon-to-be graduate, was declining an IT Help Desk job offer because it offered ~$5,000 less than their annual salary goal.)
I’m currently looking for jobs with starting salary that start >$45,000 since I will be graduating this May with a bachelor in CIS and few experiences working at help desk, I am not 100% sure if I want to work for $19/ hour, 12 hours per day.
If anything changes I will let you know.”
Hold on! Before you discard that opportunity, take a moment to reconsider & look at the TOTAL compensation package. It’s more than an hourly rate, or annual salary.
Here are some things to consider:
Benefits such as Health Insurance & Disability Insurance - the average cost of carrying your own health insurance can be quite shocking.
Stock Options - invest in your future!
Paid Industry Certifications - these provide a lifetime of returns.
Paid Time Off – holidays, sick leave, etc.
Overtime – boost your bottom line with the chance to add in extra hours.
Is there a shift differential?
But wait…there’s more – how about the intangibles… those added benefits you can’t necessarily put a dollar value on:
DOL Statistics (an IT Job = 26 months on Average)
Getting “Noticed” – Creating Your Professional Network
There are so many things to consider when you’re out there on the job search – keep an open mind and look at things through a wide lens. Investigate every aspect of what the potential employer has to offer.
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