Making a Job Change
There are several factors to consider when determining if a position is a good fit for you. Below are some tips to help you make the right decision:
Size up the firm. Make sure the company is financially stable and offers potential promotion opportunities. In addition, evaluate whether its goals and values, such as a commitment to advanced training or community service, are consistent with your own and if the corporate culture is one in which you can thrive.
Assess the job itself. Analyze your day-to-day responsibilities and how they correspond to your short- and long-term career goals. Ensure that the position will still challenge you once you're fully acclimated to it and that you'll be able to work on projects that build your expertise.
Examine potential lifestyle changes. How will this new job affect those around you? For instance, are you willing to move your family? If you need to work longer hours, how will this impact your personal life and relationships? Determine what changes will be required and whether you're willing to make the necessary adjustments and sacrifices.
Evaluate the compensation plan. Assess whether or not the salary, benefits and perks offered meet your needs. Also make sure that you'll be given opportunities to earn raises and bonuses for outstanding performance.
Look for alternatives. If you're having trouble finding a position that meets your criteria, consider project or consulting work. This will allow you to tackle new responsibilities with multiple firms and in different industries, and can lead to a job offer. In a survey by Robert Half International, 94 percent of executives polled consider hiring individuals on a temporary basis valuable for evaluating them for full-time opportunities.