Evaluating a Job Offer

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The annual salary isn’t the only thing to think about when evaluating a job offer. Take into account the fringe benefits that are available to you, such as medical, dental or vision insurance and access to a 401(k) or other retirement plans. Perks like this can have a financial value that outweighs higher salaries for positions that don’t offer benefits!

Don’t be afraid to ask the Human Resources department for more information about benefits available to you. You want to ensure you’re making the best career decision. Here are some key questions.

Health Benefits

What’s the monthly cost of benefits? Who’s covered? Is there a probationary period before my benefits kick in? Are my benefits taxable? When it comes to health care, what’s the difference between an HMO and a PPO?

Leave Policies

How are holidays, vacation and sick leave handled? Is ‘comp’ or ‘flex’ time available? Could I work from home or work a flexible schedule?

Retirement Benefits

Do I have the option to participate in a retirement plan? Are stock options available? Does the employer match retirement plan contributions? To read more about retirement benefits, visit the Gearing Up for Retirement section.

Additional Benefits

Does the company offer tuition reimbursement? What are my promotion and growth opportunities? Are there any other benefits your company offers that I haven’t already asked about?

Don’t be afraid to ask Human Resources for more information about benefits that may be available to you. You want to ensure you’re making the best career decision so it’s important to ask the right questions.

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