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Evaluating a Job Offer

EACE Blog contribution by Louis V. Gaglini, Associate Director for Employer Relations & Recruiting at the Boston College Career Center

Youre-Hired‘Tis the season for students receiving job offers. Our first reaction is to offer congratulations on their taking another giant step toward life after college.  Before they say “Yes” or “No”, we can help them be certain that this decision is the right move at this time.

Evaluating an offer is something that can be done throughout the selection and interview processes and well before an offer is presented. Advance planning will certainly reduce the anxiety of meeting a deadline and trying to address all their questions at the last minute.  Students can get those questions answered and close a few doors as they progress toward the offer.

What’s at stake?  A lot!

And we are in a strategic position to offer students the following advice:

Keep in mind that the offer should be about YOU.  Be sure that you understand the responsibilities of your new job. Gain a full appreciation of the culture of your new employer and their people. Know your future boss.  Finally, evaluate compensation and benefits as completely as possible.

  • During Winter Break, everyone will have an opinion about what you should do at this important time – you know whose input you value, but take it all in.  Just remember this is the start of YOUR career.  If you are excited about it, move on it!  If you have been asking yourself the right questions all the way through the process, you will know if this is the right job for you.
  • Know the job you are about to accept or decline.  This may sound like an easy one, but sometimes the most obvious rock is the one you trip over.  Ask all the right questions along the way to be sure you understand what is expected of you.  Would you ever accept a position that has no job description?  Of course not.  Be certain that you fully understand the position.  Know that you have the skills to get the job done and that you will be happy going to work each day.
  • You are not alone…  Once you have an understanding of the position, you should also know the organization and the people around you.  By that we mean “culture”.  Every workplace has its own unique culture.  None are perfect and most are far from it, but what matters most is if you feel that you can exist within the culture – the values, the mission, the people, the mood of the office, and more. Get to know the culture before the offer arrives and your questions will be fewer.
  • Did you know that most people accept a job because of the position itself but that most employees leave their jobs because of their boss?  Spend some time with your new boss before you accept the position.  Does she value your success?  Do you trust her motivations?  Does she mirror the mission and values of the organization?  Is this someone you can work with each day and to whom you can report?  Find out before that first day on the job.
  • Last but not least, can you live on the salary you were just offered?  Is it competitive in the marketplace?  Are the benefits competitive and acceptable to you as you embark on your new career?  Will you need to buy a car, rent a new apartment, or even relocate?  These are among the questions that can be easily addressed in advance and at the time of offer through effective research and discussions with career professionals.

Happy Holidays and congratulations to all the students ready to take that next step after college!


Lou Gaglini

Lou Gaglini

Louis Gaglini is the Associate Director of Employer Relations at the Boston College Career Center.  Lou has over 20 years of leadership experience in talent acquisition, placement, staffing and employment with proven expertise in strategy, design, and delivery of programs of all sizes. He is court qualified Vocational Expert in Employability & Hireability.

Lou is a former Assistant Professor of Cooperative Education within Northeastern University’s College of Business Administration. His corporate experience includes five years with the international professional services firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP, initially as Director of Recruiting in the Boston office and subsequently as National Manager of Campus Recruiting in its Worldwide Headquarters. He also served as a Senior Consultant and HR Manager with Polaroid, redesigning and launching new recruiting programs and other talent acquisition initiatives. Lou received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandeis University and a Masters in Public Administration from Northeastern University.

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