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6 Key Things to Consider Before Joining a New Company

Oct 17, 2019

Whether it’s your first job or you’re taking a new position with a different company, there are some things that you should consider before putting your signature on the contract.

With the job market being as uncertain as it is nowadays, many of us are quick to take the first job opportunity that presents itself.

Often we are so busy trying to sell ourselves that we forget to ask what the company can offer us. Before taking that new job, make sure to do some research.

  • What will be required of you in this role?

Before saying yes to this position, find out exactly what will be expected of you. Ask what your duties and responsibilities in this role will be. Do you feel that you have the skills to meet these requirements?

  • Compensation

You must ask what your basic salary will be, as well as if the role has any extra benefits. These could be performance-based incentives, such as a bonus; or benefits such as a car or cell phone allowance. Also, ask what the company's policy is with regards to Medical Aid and Retirement schemes. Some companies will pay a portion of these.

  • Working hours and Paid Leave

While most companies will have the usual set working hours of 8-5, some may differ with a start or finish time as well as lunch time. All full-time employees are entitled to annual paid leave, although the number of days will vary between companies. Depending on the industry you may only be allowed to take your paid leave at certain times in the year.
If the position requires you to travel, does the company provide employees with a travel allowance? Does the company pay overtime for extra hours worked?

  • Does the company support your long-term career goals?

When starting out in your career, the goal is never to move laterally. Will this company provide you with the support to grow in the position? Is there room to move up within the company? Even if there is not, you should at least be able to gain valuable experience from the role. The aim should be to add to the skills already listed on your CV.

  • Will you be able to work with your peers and superiors?

You will spend most of your time at your job; it is so important that you can work well with your peers. You also need to be able to work well for your superiors. Every person has a different work style, and sometimes these just don’t match. Try to get a feel of the work style of your potential peers and superiors, ask current employees what their views are.

  • Do the company's values match your personal values?

We all have work based values; Once again, these can differ from person to person.

Final Word

Remember, when you go for an interview it is as much an opportunity to see if the company is a match for you as it is for the company to see if you are suitable for them. Use that opportunity to ask questions, get to know the company and position that you are potentially signing up for. It is also useful to do enough research on the company before your meeting.

A prospective employer will appreciate that you have done your homework [your resume should reflect that – a professional resume builder can help], and it will show that you are interested as well as prepared. By getting answers to the above questions, you will know if this is the right move for you.

Signing up with a new company can be a daunting move, often it requires leaving the safety and security of what you have known before. Often it can feel like we only need to know the basics, such as salary and title, before signing up. You will spend the majority of your time at your place of work; it is just as important to know that you will be happy, and will be able to thrive in your career.

By ensuring that the company you will potentially be working for has values that align with your own, you can be comfortable knowing that your goals will not be compromised. If your values are the same, you are more likely to be happy at work and in your job.

Summary

Signing up with a new company can be a daunting move, often it requires leaving the safety and security of what you have known before. Often it can feel like we only need to know the basics, such as salary and title, before signing up. You will spend the majority of your time at your place of work; it is just as important to know that you will be happy, and will be able to thrive in your career.

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Sudipto Das

Sudipto writes educational content periodically for MyPrivateTutor Singapore and backs it up with extensive research and relevant examples. He's an avid reader and a tech enthusiast at the same time with a little bit of “Arsenal Football Club” thrown in as well. He's got more than 5 years of experience in digital marketing, SEO and graphic designing.

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