//Considering a Job? Think Before You Accept

Before you say “yes” to your first job offer, think it through to make sure you’re prepared for what it takes.

  • When you consider any job, be sure you really want it, know you can do it well, and are willing to fulfill the commitment.
  • When you are offered a job, make certain that the duties are clear.  Ask for a job description or write your own to review with your employer.
  • Make sure you understand the terms—the task, the hours and the pay.  Before you say “yes,” repeat the offer to the employer to confirm your understanding of it.
  • Once you make the commitment, follow through.  Do the best job you can.

Things to consider about taking a job

Think about the pros and cons of taking an outside job before you begin your search and make a commitment.

  • What goals are you trying to reach? Perhaps write them down for yourself before going on a job search.
  • What resources will you need?  Will this job require transportation, special clothing or supplies?
  • Is the job you’re considering appropriate to your skills?
  • Will the job require many hours?  Think about how you’ll balance family time, free time and school.  Don’t overload yourself.
  • Will you be neglecting any previous commitments?  Consider what activities you’ll have to give up in order to take on a job.  Be sure that you can still live up to any previous commitments you may have made.
  • Prepare a proposed schedule that covers your daily responsibilities for home, work, and extracurricular activities.

A job can be a great way to gain real-world experience and earn some extra money.  You may even discover a new field of interest.  If you think everything through ahead of time, you’ll be more apt to do a great job, gain even more experience and impress your employer.



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