Top Perks To Look for When Searching for a New Job

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When you’re in the market for a new job, it’s easy to focus on a fancy-sounding title or seemingly high salary. But these aspects don’t tell the whole story.

“Remember that salary isn’t everything,” said Daniel Ruppel, CFP and TIAA financial planning strategist. “An employer may offer perks and benefits that can be more valuable to you than a few extra dollars in your paycheck.”

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Here are the top perks you should look for when searching for a new job.

401(k) Matching

While your present self may be honing in on the salary you’ll be bringing home, you shouldn’t neglect your future self. Does this new job offer access to a 401(k) or 403(b) plan? Does the company offer an employer match? If so, up to what percent do they match?

“A generous employer contribution can really add up over time,” Ruppel said.

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Paid Time Off

Before signing on the dotted line of a job offer, make sure you know the company’s time-off policies. Do they offer paid vacation days? Paid sick days? How many of each? If the number of PTO days seems low to you, you can always try to negotiate for more before accepting the offer, so be sure to pay attention to what’s in the contract. Also, pay attention to parental leave policies if you plan to grow your family in the next few years.

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Health Benefits

You should know about the healthcare benefits offered by your company and how much of the expense is covered by the employer.

“Healthcare benefits can seem overwhelming since it can be hard to weigh the impact of things like premium payments, deductibles and out-of-pocket costs,” Ruppel said. “Larger employers may offer a menu of options, including plans that utilize Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) or a range of coverage options for children and family.”

In addition, you may also want to know if they offer any mental health programs or assistance.

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Flexible Schedules and/or Remote Work Options

The pandemic has changed the way many of us work, and you may no longer want to spend every Monday through Friday, 9 to 5, in an office anymore. If this is the case, prioritize looking for jobs that allow for some flexibility in your hours and where you work.

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Professional Development Programs

Ideally, your company will help you to grow and progress in your career, so pay attention to any professional development programs they may offer.

“An employer that offers tuition assistance may allow you to build knowledge and advance your career,” Ruppel said. “You might earn that degree or certificate without much cost to you, and parlay those new skills into a promotion and higher income.”

Find out if they offer tuition reimbursement, in-house seminars and workshops, or mentorship programs.

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Last updated: July 17, 2021

About the Author

Gabrielle joined GOBankingRates in 2017 and brings with her a decade of experience in the journalism industry. Before joining the team, she was a staff writer-reporter for People Magazine and People.com. Her work has also appeared on E! Online, Us Weekly, Patch, Sweety High and Discover Los Angeles, and she has been featured on “Good Morning America” as a celebrity news expert. 

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