When you're on the lookout for a new job, whether you're already employed or have been out of work for a while, it's important to find something that makes sense for you. Simply put, all too many people take jobs just to have a job, and may not put as much thought into whether the work truly fulfills them or makes them happy.
However, if you want to make sure you're engaged in your work and don't end up being unsatisfied, you need to consider the following factors before saying "yes" to a job offer:
1) If you're interested in the field
First and foremost, strive to find work that's at least adjacent to an area of genuine interest and engagement, according to 80,000 Hours. For instance, if you have a passion for biology, you may find another science-related position to be perfectly acceptable, but taking a job in sales would likely leave you wanting more.
2) If you're good at it
Of course, with just about any job you could be thinking about accepting, you're likely to become a master at it if you or your employer gives you enough time to go through it, 80,000 Hours added. However, if you think you may find yourself struggling early on, that can make it more difficult to really hit the ground running and feel good about the position.
3) If the money and benefits make sense
This is, obviously, a major consideration for just about any position, but people often think it's wise to just take the jobs that pay the best or provide the most benefits, according to The Balance Careers. However, it's often more advisable to see things as a give-and-take with other aspects of the job. For instance, if it's something you're really passionate about, it might be worth the extra money you'd sacrifice in salary or other perks.
4) If you like the team and supervisor
The concept of "culture fit" has become a more important one for both job seekers and companies in recent years, and you'll have to really think about how you would get along with your coworkers or, especially, your boss if you took the job, The Balance Careers advised. While you're obviously not going to have the best feel for what it's like to work with these people on an ongoing basis after one or two meetings, sometimes things just "click," and may highlight an exciting opportunity.
5) If they treat you right in the hiring process
One of the best ways to know how you'll be treated as an employee of a given company is how you are treated throughout the application and interview process, according to The Muse. After all, this is a company that's theoretically courting you, so if they're not particularly responsive to your questions or aren't accommodating in other ways, you might find similar frustrations if you actually take the job. This might not always be the case - especially if it's a large company with a potentially huge field of candidates - but it's definitely something to keep in mind.