Salary and compensation are certainly important when you’re evaluating a job offer in the Animal Health industry or Veterinary profession. However, if you’re a top candidate in today’s market, you could receive multiple offers that include approximately the same level of compensation and/or benefits. If that happens, what should you do?

If you ever find yourself in such a situation, there are a few factors that you should consider when evaluating a job offer, or in some cases, multiple job offers. The first factor is your potential for advancement within the organization. Is there a path for you at the company? Can you move up through the ranks earning promotions, raises, and bonuses? If the answer is yes, how quickly could you advance?

The second factor is the company culture. Do you feel comfortable with the culture that the organization has? Is it a good fit? Do you feel that you could excel within it and enjoy it once you become an employee? Other things to consider is the management style of the organization and whether or not that style will help you to maximize your productivity and reach your goals.

The third factor is the chance for further professional development. This is separate from advancement within the company. This involves your talents, abilities, and skill sets. Will the organization invest in the continued development of those things, both for your benefit and the benefit of the company? Any employer interested in hiring you should be willing to invest in your future development.

Evaluating a job offer—or multiple job offers—is about more than just money and compensation. It’s about making sure that the job offers everything you need to grow your career.