I just signed a job offer! 🙂
I’m super happy, as I should be but it wasn’t a quick & easy decision. There are a lot of factors to consider before changing job. I questioned myself and looked at many factors before making my final decision. This whole thinking process inspired me this blog post. Here is a list of things to consider before changing job:
Let’s start with the obvious. Many people won’t change their job unless they negotiate a higher salary. There is nothing wrong with that, most of us work to make money. Although money is an important factor, it should not be the only factor to consider.
I took a significant pay cut in the past and when it came to money, I asked myself: does the salary matches with my lifestyle? Would I feel deprived?
2. Office Location
How long does it take to get to the office? How are the roads to get to the office? Think about the winter driving. Do you have the opportunity to work from home?
3. Parking and/or Transportation
If you have a car, does your employer offer free parking? If not, is it easy to find parking around the office? How much is the parking?
If you don’t have a car, do you have easy access to public transportation? How long would it take you to get to the office?
4. Benefits and/or Pension Plan
Do they offer medical and/or dental benefits? Do they have a pension plan that you can contribute?
Does part of your job includes traveling from office to office and/or traveling to the clients’ offices? How far do you have to travel? How much time would you be away from your family?
6. Company culture
Most of us spend most of our days at the office, therefore it is important to ask questions in your interview about the company culture and the team that you are about to join. Some companies offer a tour of the office as part of their interview process. Others allow the candidates to shadow a senior employee before making their hiring decision. Take advantages of these opportunities and get a feel of the company culture. Furthermore, if you know people that currently work and/or have worked there, give them a call and get more insights.
7. Job itself
You should be excited about your new job. Are you? Do you like the daily responsibilities that your work required? Are you ready to learn new things and face new challenges?
I believe we all want to work with a boss that empower us to succeed. I strongly believe in trusting your guts. What was your feeling when you met with your soon-to-be boss in the interview? Again, if you have previous colleagues and/or friends that currently report or reported to this individual, give them a shout.
Do you like the industry that you are working in? If it is a new industry, what do you know about that industry? Do you relate to the people that work in this industry? Also, do you prefer a casual & friendly environment or Suit & Tie office?
10. Possibility of advancement
What are your short-term and long-term goals? Does this new possibility will bring you closer to your goal? Do they offer self-development courses?
Hope this will help you making the right decision!
All the best!