Diana's Big Move: I got a job offer! Now what?


You got an offer! Party time. Almost. (Photo by Robyn B. via Flickr/Creative Commons)

Disclaimer: this is not my cat. If I had party hats at home, I would post a picture of my own cat wearing a party hat. Why? I got a job offer!

I was in the middle of writing a blog post about how my original timeline was naively optimistic. Back in March, I hoped I’d move from applications to a job offer in three months or less (patience is not my strong suit). As of a week ago, my few promising opportunities seemed to be fizzling and it began to look like I would need to start my search over from scratch.

Then, one magical day, I received a reference request. And a few days later, I got the job offer.

Things to consider before you accept

As relieved as I was, I took some time to think carefully about the offer before giving a response. If you find yourself in a similar situation (congrats!), here are some factors that you may want to consider:

  • Salary offered (specifically if, like me, you’re new to a city – how does the cost of living add up now?)
  • Whether the benefits package suits your life situation
  • Whether the position offered is in line with your chosen career path
  • The organizational culture; after your interviews, can you really see yourself working successfully with your potential colleagues?
  • Day to day details such as the work itself, the commute, the schedule, etc.

Only you can decide whether the offer truly fits your needs and your circumstances – and whether you want to join the organization at all. If you feel that any part of your offer warrants discussion, speak up! I’m not a negotiation expert, so if you need tips, take a look at the Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers for First-time Job Seekers, specifically the chapter entitled Closing the deal: Understanding benefits and the art of negotiation.

If you end up accepting (like I eventually did), congratulations!

Still searching?

I know a lot of you out there are still searching Idealist and other job boards daily and trying hard to find work. Thank you to everyone who’s followed along with this series – your cheers, constructive criticism, and honest advice were invaluable.

I received 52 comments and emails in response to this series. Of those, 17 of you mentioned the emotional toll of the job search (“frustrating,” “burnt out,” “discouraging,” etc.), and 24 of you shared words of encouragement (with me or with fellow commenters). So if you’re struggling through the job search, I hope you’ll consider that as evidence that you’re not alone! Find people to talk to; find a group to volunteer with; heck, maybe start writing a blog. I wish you the best of luck.

Signing off for now

As for me, I’m on to my next professional adventure. My first day is in two weeks! I’d like to offer a heartfelt thank you to the team at Idealist for letting my share my journey here. Here’s the whole series:

The job search begins

The applications continue…

The first job interview

Learn from my job search mistakes

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Comments (8)

  1. Shaina writes:
    June 18, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Congrats!!! All the best on your new job and relocation. You should do a follow-up blog post on your first day, three months, etc. Just an idea :) Thanks for the great advice and insight.

  2. Putnam Barber writes:
    June 19, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Yay! Here’s to good times in your new city, your new job, and your continuing success as a contributor to others’ lives!

  3. Kevin writes:
    June 19, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Congrats, Diana!

  4. Alisha S. writes:
    June 21, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    This is wonderful news! Congratulations! It’s definitely heartening to see things working out for other job seekers. It can be done!

  5. Wendy writes:
    June 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Congratulations! Best of wishes to you in your new position and career. I second Shaina that a few follow up posts would be of great value and encouragement to others. :) Now, go kick some butt in your new job!

  6. Reader writes:
    June 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Wow that was fast! Congratulations and I hope everything works out.

  7. Nina Tamburello writes:
    June 25, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Congratulations, Diana! Thank you for sharing your progress with us on the blog. I’m embarking on a cross-country job hunt (from Boston to San Francisco) so it’s very encouraging to see your success. Best of luck in your new position and I hope that you love living in Boston!

  8. Kevin writes:
    July 7, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Congratulations on your job offer, and acceptance. It sounds like it was a long struggle for you. Glad it worked out. Poland stamps

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