10 Things to Consider Before Changing Jobs


In today’s career world, it is not uncommon to seek a job change once or twice or even five times in one’s professional career. However, before immediately you take the plunge; there are some things to take in to consideration. The last thing that you want to do is make a bold career move that you’ll regret for years to come. Here are our top 10 things to consider before changing jobs.


1.      Evaluate Your Reasoning


Are you leaving your current job because you are going to a better one, or because you are running from a bad one? There should be a significant reason for leaving your job and an even more significant reason for accepting a new job. Even if you are leaving your job for the sake of your sanity or happiness, you need to be sure that the new job you are considering is not just the first option to come along. You should not be settling, your happiness and sanity in the will be better in the long run if you stick it out at your current job long enough to commit to a new job that you are sure will be a better fit for you.


2.      Establish What You are Looking For


Whatever the reason for your job change is, you should establish what you are looking for in a new job. Are you looking for a different work environment? Better pay or vacation days? Different set of work duties? Knowing what you are looking for will help you be more successful in narrowing down your job search and ensuring your increased happiness at a new job.


3.      Fully Understand the Job


To make sure that you are making the best choice in your job change, do some research on the new company. The internet allows you to uncover details of the job, team, and company that you are considering. If you find something you do not like about the company or job duties, allow yourself to explore other job opportunities instead of jumping on the first offer. Be sure of what you will be doing on a day-to-day basis to avoid wanting to change your job again.


  1. 4.      Know the Company’s Mission


Most companies have missions or a clear desired impact that you can learn about on their website or somewhere else on the internet. Committing to a job means committing to the company and their mission, so be sure that you can back that mission up and are comfortable affiliating yourself with it.


5.      Consider Company Growth and Advancement


Where does the company see itself in five years? It is okay to ask an interviewer or potential employer this question. Before diving in to a new job, you want to know if the company has the capability to grow and expand in its market, or if it is not built to last.  You want to attach yourself to a new job that will last or at least be fully aware if it is not a long term deal.


6.      Consider Personal Growth and Advancement Opportunity


Regardless of the reason you are leaving your current job, you must be sure that the new job you are considering offers just as much, if not more, growth and advancement opportunity. The last thing you want is to have to change jobs again after you come to the realization that your new job does not allow you to advance in your career.


7.      Consider the Salary


Though money is not everything, it is still important to consider. Compare your salary offer to what you currently make and what your new job’s duties will include. The number amount is not everything, you should also be sure that what you are being offered matches your worth and your duties. Even if the salary is more than your current job, it may not equate to the added responsibilities and tasks that will be asked of you at your new job.


8.      Compensation Package


Along with considering how your salary will change, you should consider what the benefit package covers and includes; retirement savings plans, bonus opportunities, health coverage, etc. Planning for the future is important, so be sure that your new job includes a benefits package that meets your needs.


9.      Compare the Culture


Compare the culture of your current job with the culture of your potential new job. What is the cultural environment? Do the company’s values align with your own? Will you get along with your new coworkers? These are all things to take in to consideration when changing jobs.


10.  Location


A job change may require a location change. Whether the change is 5 miles or 5 hours from where you currently live, the consideration is equally important. Is the job location a place you will be happy living in for years to come? You must compare the long-term effects of moving, or staying, against the short-term effects of improving your happiness through a job change.  


Written By: O. Greendyk