I feel this old cliché remains very timely in this day and age! Where candidates oftentimes seem unable to really see or visualize the entire “forest” of an opportunity due to perhaps the large tree (normally the dollar offer amount) in front of them.
In our industry today there is, thankfully, a high demand for skilled biomed technicians, imaging engineers and management-level employees. Because of this demand, hiring managers and/or employers have steadily increased salaries over the past several years to attract candidates to leave their current employment or from going to other opportunities. Due to this, I have seen many candidates going after the immediate high dollar rather than the opportunity with more career growth!
My advice to candidates is always to be sure to review all of the components in regarding or comparing offers. Not just the salary dollar amount of the offer. Make sure to obtain the full comprehensive benefits package for comparative cost of out-of-pocket medical, dental and/or vision insurance coverage for you and your family, if pertaining. Plus, there are many other benefits that can equate to dollars when comparing offers. For example, the employer’s matching percentage to a 401k or IRA which provides financial dollars for your future! Some employers even offer tuition assistance or reimbursement programs for you to obtain a new degree. Many even offer a bonus and/or raise in salary base if you obtain your CBET or for Management HTM certification. Also, there are organizations that offer a performance-based annual (sometimes quarterly) bonuses in addition to your salary base.
Most importantly; ask yourself if this position offers any future career advancement or training. If not, and you accept due to “the dollars,” then you may be in a scenario of looking again in a year or two!
The list can go on, but it is up to you to request and review all of the details when receiving offers so are you making the right decision for your current state as well as for your future!
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