Position Comparison Guide

Directions: Compare the position you have now with the one you are considering, according to the following elements:

Current job

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What Makes a Great Job?

Professor John Sullivan helps some of the world’s best-known companies recruit and retain top-flight talent. He also helps his students at San Francisco State University select the job that’s right for them. He’s put together a guide to help talented people choose among competing offers. Here are five of his simple but powerful criteria for evaluating a job.

  1. Does the

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Job Offer Evaluation Checklist

  • Compensation: Does the offer provide a level of income that will at least enable you to maintain your present standard of living? Is the offer at least 10 percent to 15 percent higher than your most recent salary?
  • General Benefits: Be sure to ask what the benefit package includes, assuming the prospective employer hasn’t already made it clear.

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Easy Ways to Investigate A Company’s Office Culture

Beyond Google, how else can you investigate a company’s office culture? Here, a trove of tips and tricks from people who know how to size up a prospective employer.

  • Background Check: “Ask the interviewer or the company representative about her own background, and compare the responses among individuals. Does the company bring in people from eclectic backgrounds? That says a lot

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Job Expectations Questions

Ask the following questions to determine your priorities and what you expect from a job.

  • Job Training
    Will you receive the training you need soon after being hired and in the first year or two with the organization? The type of training varies with each job, so during the recruiting process, you should ask about the initial

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Attributes to Consider in Choosing an Offer

  1. Financial Package in First Year of Employment – salary, bonus, paid overtime and other monetary benefits such as stock options
  2. Geographical Area – location of office where you work most of the time
  3. Learning on the Job – organizational support for personal development, training and further education
  4. People in the Organization

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Anne Lim O’Brien’s 5 Cs and 3Ts

The five Cs are things candidates should think about, and then decide what’s most important.

  1. Challenges Is this new job going to broaden you? Is this setting you up for success or failure? How does this add to where you want to go? I look at this, too: If a candidate has already “been there, done that” in terms of the job

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