We seem to spend so long hunting for the ‘perfect job’ that many of us give little thought to any implications that said job may entail. With the market being as competitive as it is, once we are offered a position we tend to take it straight away.
Or, we pay little attention to any fine print that may accompany a job advertisement – preferring instead to focus on the information regarding the salary!
But this is where you could be going wrong with you job searches, as many careers come with hidden extras attached – some of which you need to pay for. Before you take on a job you think is suitable for you, consider some of the following expenses which you might need to be responsible for.
Many job roles set a specific dress code in place, and for others, you need specific equipment in order to carry out the role. This could be in anything from a physical labor job to an office job. In a physically demanding role, you may be required to provide your own safety gear and equipment, which could mean investing in something like a pair of Dickies boots. Alternatively, if you are working in a business setting, you may need a laptop – but not all companies will provide one for you. Therefore you may need to set aside a significant amount of money in order to foot the bill for these types of necessities.
Let’s face it: the chances of you living just around the corner from your dream job are pretty much slim to none. Nearly everyone commutes to their workplace every day – and by commuting, we mean taking a mode of transport that isn’t on our own two feet. Usually, businesses will not pay staff for time spent travelling to and from work – even though recently, members of the European Court argued that commuting hours should indeed be counted as part of the working day. Unfortunately, this rule looks unlikely to infiltrate down to most businesses anytime soon. So, before you take on a new job, considering how you are going to get there and how long it will take you. You may end up paying a lot of money for gas if you are a driver, or if you are using public transport, you will need to look into what deals are available for regular commuters.
If you get a chance to speak to the company you have been offered a job with, make sure to quiz them about their expenses policy. For example, if you go out for a business lunch with a client, does your company foot the bill or will that meal come out of your own pocket?
Usually, for things like this, the company will pay it, especially if it is within business hours. But nevertheless, it is worth checking before you sign on the dotted line. Nothing is worse than receiving a work-related bill once it turns out they are not paying you expenses!
You have every right to know these things, so quiz your prospective employer to make sure the role is financially feasible for you.
This post has been contributed by Ryan Gatt, it may contain affiliate links.