Mailbag: Evaluating a job offer

In a recent newsletter, I cited some factors to consider when evaluating a job offer. I heard from several readers who shared resources or outlined their own criteria.

Theresa Shuart, a therapist with the Army, plans to move into the IT field. She uses a table to help her clients with decision making. First, list all the factors that may be an issue. Weight the importance of each using a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest. Put this on the left side. The list of choices goes across the top. Rate each choice on how well it meets the criteria, again using a scale of 1 to 5. Multiply the number by the weight given for each factor. Add all of the factors up for each decision and the one with the highest number should be the best choice for you.

Adam Liebi of WellPoint Health Networks, asks himself these questions regarding a job opportunity:

*If the position is going to be a political one, how enabled will you be? For example, will your boss sponsor your suggestions throughout the company?

*How much credibility or momentum does the department have among other departments?

*How much exposure will you have? Do you want exposure?

Wan, a systems engineer, says these are the key things he considers when evaluating a job offer: opportunities for training and certification, the number of hours in the workweek; whether he'll be on call 24 hours a day; resources and tools provided; the IT infrastructure and direction of the company.

An IT support specialist who asked to remain anonymous is considering changing jobs within a department, but is reluctant because the switch would require reporting to an unpopular supervisor. The IT profesional says, "The bottom line for me is "How is the supervisor to work for?"

Finally, Chris Kilday, a systems analyst for Computer Task Group, prays for guidance. "I've found that if I'm doing what God wants me to do, where God wants me to be, I'm happier, more secure, and at peace," Kilday writes.

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