When the Perfect Job may just not be right for you

Job seeking is not an easy task.  To beat out the rest of the competition and be selected for the coveted position is an amazing feat all on its own.  Now that you’ve received an Offer Letter, the easy part is over with, right?  You’d hope that is the case, but sometimes there are a few considerations that make you think twice before immediately jumping to accept the offer. Here are 4 considerations that may determine whether the perfect job is right for you:


1. Inadequate Compensation:

Salary is one of the most important factors one normally looks at when looking for a new position. It is normal to look for an increase in compensation when looking for a new job as it helps us afford our necessities, pay our bills, and provide the lifestyle we desire.

Employers typically set a budget for each designated position they are hiring for. The inability for a position to offer what you are looking for would be a natural deterrent for you to not accept the position. It could be possible to negotiate with your potential employer, but it might not be sustainable for the business in the long run should they decide to hire you above the budget they’ve established.  What growth would there then be for the position?

If compensation is very important for you, it may be best to find a position that can offer you what you need, while satisfying your career ambitions and interests.


2. Lack of Growth

Now, if a position can offer you the compensation that you’re looking for, or even exceed your expectations, everything should be good, right?  Sure, if money is your only deciding factor.  However, for someone who’s still early in their career, or who have not reached their career and financial growth potentials, you must look at whether the position can offer you the opportunity to develop further professionally and financially.

Without growth, you remain stagnant and lack the opportunity to be challenged to further enhance/expand your current skillset.  Because there is no guarantees in life, if after a few years that high paying position that you’ve been doing is gone, you would not have gained any additional experience / skills, and the opportunities available at that time may require those.


3. Reputation

It is important to research your potential employer to see whether your values and goals are aligned with them.  During an interview, try to ask as many questions as possible to learn about the inner workings of the company.  You want to find out as much as you can because you will be associating yourself with their brand and working with people who you’ll be spending most of your waking hours with.  You want to see if there are any negative reviews from former employees / customers, if they have a high turnover rate, any negative news, etc.

Not only does it affect you during your stay with the company, joining a company with a bad reputation may also affect your opportunities after leaving the company because future employers will judge you based on your association and time working with such company.


4. Gut Feelings

Now, sometimes there’s no obvious signs for anything to be concerned about, but you just have this gut feeling that something isn’t quite right.  It is important to trust your intuition because part of our decision making comes from our feelings about the situation.  Throughout the interview process, our feelings and thoughts about an opportunity will be like a rollercoaster.  At one point we may be very excited about the prospect and idea about working with the company, and then one thing can be said, and we’re left with great concern. And this back and forth may happen multiple times.

The general rule of thumb is, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  And if you have concerns simply from the limited exposure and insight into an organization, what else is there kept underneath the carpet or behind locked doors?  If you start feeling unsure about an opportunity, don’t ignore those feelings and explore it further to see if they can be resolved.


People look for a new position for various reasons and it is important to ensure that the position aligns with what you’re looking for. It is normal to be nervous due to the uncertainties of a new job, but sometimes if you have done all your research and it checks all the requirements, it is important to trust yourself.   Do your due diligence and go through the offer thoroughly, asking questions and not ignoring any concerns that you may have.


Remember it is important to find a position that is aligned with your interests, expertise, strengths, career goals, and financial goals.  It may not be easy to find all those things with one position, and you either have to wait patiently for the right opportunity or decide which deciding factors are more important to you at that time to help you land the job you desire.


Contact us today to speak with one of our Recruitment Specialists and let us help you find new opportunities for the next step in your career!


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