During the law firms decades of practicing employment law and labor law, we often encounter employees who have accumulated a variety of grievances, many quite justified, concerning their existing employment situation. Granted, no-one likes or wants to be in an uncomfortable position for a large part of their work day. Others see greener pastures with a job change. Below are worthwhile considerations to help you look carefully before you leap.
Some reasons to consider changing job may be low salary or benefits, no growth potential, overworked, issues with a colleague or boss. However, you should not substitute short-term happiness when choosing to accept a new position. When choosing to accept a new position you should consider long term benefits such as stability and balance and maximizing your potential. You must also believe in your new company's mission and goals in order to feel like you play an essential role in the company.
Too many candidates overemphasize what they get on the start date of their new job - a title, location, company name and compensation package. Short-term changes don't represent a long-term career move. If you take a position because of short-term change job satisfaction, the satisfaction, all too often, may quickly decline and the negative motivators will quickly reappear.
The big problem for most job-seekers is that when given an offer there is usually not enough information available to make a full long-term career assessment. In order to make an educated decision you must fully understand the real needs of the job. Understanding the real needs of your potential future employer can be accomplished by simply asking the interviewer what the real needs of the job are. You should also follow up your interview and request the interviewer to clarify their job expectations, if you are uncertain. A follow up with your interviewer shows the level of interest you have in the position. You should also ask the interviewer how performance will be measured. Another factor to consider is who will be on your team and who you'll be working with. If you're inheriting a team, ask about the quality and your opportunity to rebuild it. Ask about the manager's vision for the department and the open role. Understand the manager's leadership style. Find out the actual culture by asking everyone you meet about the real culture of the company. What will it be like working for you potential new employer, i.e., how are decisions made? What is the intensity and demands of the potential new position and work environment?
Remember, when considering whether to accept an offer or not, keep you future goals in mind and don't be over anxious to settle into a new position just because you're unhappy with your current employer. Weigh all the benefits, short and long term, before making your final decision.
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