Six things to think about before switching jobs

Thinking businesswoman
By Eleanor O'Neill, CA Today

19 August 2016

The offer is on the table, your resignation letter is ready to go and you have one foot out the door.

But before you say 'Yes!' and leap into a new job, take some time to ask yourself if it is really the right move. Eleanor O'Neill has suggested a few key considerations to keep in mind.

1. Location, location, location

A new organisation generally means a new office. If you haven't already, check out your new commute.

Will it take up more time than your current one? Is it more expensive? How reliable are the transport links?

If you'e going even further and relocating entirely, new languages, cultures and even currencies are all factors to take into account. Don't let the move intimidate you but make sure it's worth the upheaval.

2. Money matters

A hike in wages or an attractive signing bonus can be an enticing lure to a new company. However, don't just compare the offer with your current salary.

Shop around and research how much you should be earning. Take a look at comparable positions on job sites and visit websites like PayScale, who do a free analysis based on your experience, skills and qualifications.

If your current paycheck is a significant part of why you want to leave, an alternative option may be to ask for a payrise.

3. Fitting in

Potential employers will generally present you with the most positive view of their organisation as possible. But will you actually be happy there?

Having goals and a mission statement that align with your own passions is a good start and such information can normally be found on the company website.

Culture is also important as you have to feel comfortable in your situation. Glassdoor may be able to give you an idea of what current employees think of where they work, the management and the business as a whole.

4. Read the fine print

Benefits can have a huge impact on your working experience. Depending on your circumstances, things like flexible hours, paid maternity leave or a good retirement plan could be essential.

Read up on everything available to you, either in your employment agreement or any staff handbook/materials that may have been provided to you.

Otherwise, request the relevant information from HR. Reluctance to provide it may be a red flag.

5. Planning ahead

How does this role fit in to your long-term career goals? Is it a step up the ladder or a diversion?

A new opportunity should provide the chance for upward momentum. Learning further skills and gaining experience in a different field can be a valuable asset to your career. Find out what the organisation can offer to help you develop professionally.

Ultimately, you have to consider what you will get from the position and if it will give you room to grow and advance.

6. Time for a break?

If you aren't needed in your new position right away, this may be the perfect opportunity to take a break from work and relax. A holiday may be just what you need to reevaluate priorities and start your new job with a fresh outlook.

Plus, their willingness to give you some time will give you an idea of the flexibility and attitude of your new employers.

Have you recently changed jobs? Share your experiences in the comments below.


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