Often times when seeking a new job we are left with a choice of whether to accept a new position or stay with the old position. It is at this point we need to evaluate numerous variables.
- Job Responsibilities: Is it a lateral move or a step up
- Supervisor: Who will I be reporting to, is this someone I can get along with
- Compensation: Base Salary, Potential Bonus and Benefits
- Company: Is the business stable and generating revenue
- Growth: will there be an ability to grow in the future
- Comparison: How does it compare to your current role or other roles you interviewed for.
- Is the position in-line with career goals
This list is not all inclusive, as some people may value quality of life standards as well, which can weight significantly on a person’s decision. These are not included because many business es today will say the job is the job and not have any guarantee for quality of life.
I advise my candidates that before entering into a job search, evaluate your current role based on these categories and others for which you might value. Then even before your first interview evaluate and rate what is important to you in your next role. As you go through the interview process for new jobs and roles this will help you to formulate questions to a potential employer and evaluate whether the role is a fit for you. Remember you are interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you.
At the end of each interview you should go back to your list and update it for the current position you are interviewing for. This has the potential of saving you and the prospective employer valuable time. Nothing is worse than wasting your time and the employers by interviewing for a job that you will never accept. This process will also help you set expectations. Also, once an offer has been made it becomes very difficult to do this evaluation. Most people feel neglected at their current job, that it has a thankless quality to it. When someone makes you an offer it gives you a sense of feeling wanted and needed which can cloud the decision making process and can lead to you accepting a position that you may not really want or will regret later. I also find people weigh compensation higher than they should. Sometimes you will get offered more money because the role, or some other aspect of the job is not appealing. One should ask how many people had this role previously and what the turnover is like. I find these questions are rarely asked and lead to problems down the road. Also keep in mind that 75% of all people leave a job because of their supervisor and not because of compensation or the role itself. Furthermore, in my experience many people who take lateral money for smaller increases or better opportunities have greater rewards and compensation down the road.
To conclude, my advice is that when you make the decision to enter a job search, never stop evaluating potential opportunities or your current role, it may save you from making a bad decision.