How to Compare Jobs and Benefits
How to Compare Jobs and Benefits to decide if you should take a new position involves weighing the pros and cons, but did you think of all of the aspects to compare? Here are some to consider.
Job and Benefit ComparisonsIt helps to take out a sheet of paper on which you can draw two columns. On the left side write down your old job and on the right side write down the new prospective job. From there you can list various aspects which you want to evaluate. We will identify various important aspects that you can use to compare one or more jobs side by side. Of course instead of paper you can use Excel or other spreadsheet program.
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Comparing Jobs and BenefitsEach of these aspects can be written in rows all the way to the left side. You can use ruled paper in order to make it easier to keep everything straight avoiding confusion. You don't have to be limited to comparing one job. You can examine as many as you can fit on the sheet of paper or spreadsheet. The following is a list of items to compare, of course you are bound to have your own list benefits and features that are important to you.
This is the one item most people consider and it is important, but sometimes you will find there are other things that are more important than a few more bucks in your pay.
- Vacation Time
You may be at a point in your life where you would rather have more time for vacation than necessarily getting more pay or prestige.
- Sick Time
If you are in a state where you tend to be in poor health or are often out sick this may be a key benefit.
- Retirement Plans
A 401k or 403b for example can be something of value when you are planning for the future. What to look for here is: Does the employer match your contributions and at what percentage? This can add up to a significant sum depending upon how much you contribute and your rate of pay.
- Medical Insurance
There are many plans for medical insurance with rules and regulations governing their use. You will need to consider what is covered, deductibles and where you have to go to get treatment. Common types of medical insurance include: Heath, Dental and Vision.
- How much is the deduction from each paycheck?
- How much is the co-pay if there is one?
- What are the deductibles?
- Can you see your own doctors?
- Do you need a referral?
- What are the limitations?
- Disability Insurance
There is short-term disability and long-term disability you can weigh the dollar amount of the payments and the amount of time you must be disabled before the payments begin for each plan.
- Life Insurance
Quite often this will be equal to your annual salary, there is usually an option to purchase more coverage through the plan.
- Higher Position
A better job title might be something you are looking for to further your long-term career goals.
If you have a long commuting time it may be worth it to you to get a lesser position or reduced pay in order to free up that wasted commuting time and eliminate the associated costs.
- Office Drama
You spend 8+ hours a day at work if you don't like the people you work with or had problems with your coworkers it might be nice to start fresh with a clean slate.
- The Job Itself
It is important to decide if you even like the job, let alone the benefits.
There are most likely going to be benefits that are not included on this list but these are commonly offered. You will certainly need to add in any of your own opinions as to what is an important benefit to be used for comparison.
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