By: Casey Pierce, Executive Recruiter

When you are searching for a job, it’s important to consider more than just the job itself. There are several factors that should be considered when making a change. Here are some key points that will help solidify the choice you are making is the right one!

Job Content – When looking at job content you must consider the following factors in a new position:

Is the position challenging? Are my skills going to grow? Do I feel energized by the work I am doing?

These are questions you should be asking yourself about the “meat and potatoes” of the day-to-day activities and making sure they align with your goals and objectives.

Salary – Research salary averages for your field, experience level, and location so you know the going rate. Finding out that you are under paid compared to your peers after you start work can be demoralizing. Look at the benefits and salary and compare to what you currently have. Is this a step in the right direction or am I digressing?

Management/Boss – Consider factors such as whether you prefer a hands-on boss or one who will leave you to work independently. Depending upon your work and your type of personality, this can be a very “make it or break it” issue for you when making a decision on a new position.

Advancement Opportunities – Everyone is always interested in advancement opportunities with a new company. You wouldn’t be looking for a new job in the first place if you didn’t want to grow your career. Asking questions and finding out what avenues you can take with a new company is important. Asking questions such as, “where can I move up from here?” and “Do you see growth within the company to allow me to progress within?” will provide you this information.

Culture of the Organization – For many workers, an important component of how they feel about their job is how well culture of the employer blends with their values and lifestyle.

How formal or informal is the dress code?

Do decisions flow from top management down, or is the process more democratic?

Is work/life balance encouraged or are employees expected to work 60 hours per week?

Looking at these questions and asking yourself what is important will give you more clarity on if this is the right position for you or not.

Location – Where the job is located can be of great importance.

Are the highways accessible? What is the traffic like in rush hours? How far is the commute from my house? Is the location a safe area to work in?

These are questions you should be considering.

Each of these areas should be carefully evaluated before making a change and accepting a new role.  Be prepared and answer some of these questions for yourself ahead of time so you can evaluate each opportunity carefully.

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