signing on the dotted line of the job offer
employees should ask some pointed questions about career development
opportunities before accepting a job offer. They include the following:
What kinds of training does the company offer?
are training opportunities organized in this company? Who makes
the decisions: human resources or the CEO?
gets to go? Is training a perk for managers and professional staff
only, or is it for individual contributors as well?
What is the company's training philosophy - to make employees more
effective in their present jobs or to prepare them for the future?
the company contract with outside providers, or is all training
done by in-house people? * How is the company's training program
tied to performance management?
kind of follow-up does the company provide after the job offer to
ensure that learning happens and that productivity and morale are
especially for junior and entry-level workers, can be a very important
benefit to weigh when considering a job offer. Be sure to think
of your future career development, not only your future within an
organization. Some companies require training - which could be unpaid
- before you're allowed to officially start working, so make sure
you get the particulars if that is the case.
for the workforce
employees looking to enhance their skills should familiarize themselves
with their company's policies concerning training and continuing
education. Browse your intranet, dig up that voluminous benefits
package you received when you took the job, ask your boss for more
information. Find out whether your company covers training expenses,
period. No one wants to put time and effort into a proposal that
will get shot down before it's even considered.
you have confirmed that your company does sponsor educational initiatives,
research what types of training or continuing education you would
like to experience. If you're looking to enhance your skills in
something related to the company's business, get suggestions from
your coworkers or your human resources representative. You must
also decide how you want to learn - in a classroom, on the Internet,
or through videoconferencing.
and you may receive
and document your training choices, complete with tuition, related
expenses, and length of commitment. You may even want to prepare
a statement that shows how you expect to improve and enhance your
performance and productivity. Fill out any necessary forms and schedule
some time with your boss or manager to talk about the training opportunities
you've researched before you present them to the human resources
department. Your boss is likely to have to sign off on your request,
so be prepared to back up your reasons for wanting to use company
time and money to beef up your skills.
your proposal is denied, try to learn why. If it's a question of
money, look for a less expensive alternative or ask to be put on
a waiting list for funds. If your superiors feel that particular
new skill won't be as beneficial to the company as you thought,
ask what skills are lacking from your team and how you can tailor
your next training request to fill in the gaps. If your training
proposal is approved, you may be bound by certain restrictions,
including when you can attend classes and what you can submit for
reimbursement. Get the details in writing so you don't get stuck
with a hefty bill at the end. You may also be required to document
your experience through a group presentation or short essay, so
take notes and save all the course materials (handouts, books, worksheets).
Above all, share your newly acquired knowledge with your team -
their success can only make you (and your company) look good.
check out our job offer assessing tool, The
Job Assessor, in order to compare job offers.
- Linda Jenkins, Salary.com contributor, and Regina M. Robo, News