More than 70% of the candidates we interview week in, week out are after a salary increase when they take on a new role. A new role though does not always equal a pay rise, and there are many other factors to consider when making a career move. Sometimes chasing extra dollars can mean you have to compromise in other areas. We explore the aspects you should take into consideration when looking at a new job.
- Job security - does the role you are stepping into have a time frame on when it comes to an end? Has there been a constant turn over in the position or department? Does the business that is hiring have a plan for where this role will go?
- Work-life balance – what are the days and hours you will be required to work? How far will you need to travel, do you get to enjoy your days off without interruption? Is there flexibility if you need it to accommodate your commitments outside of work?
- Growth – Does the role offer career growth and professional development? Do you have the opportunity to gain new skills and refine others to challenge yourself professionally?
- Leadership – Is there a leader you can look up to, learn from? Is there a clear plan and direction on where the business and role is headed? Don’t underestimate the power of a good leader and what that can do for your career and job satisfaction.
- Benefits – Does your next employer offer benefits that may be important to you? This can include additional leave, professional development, maternity leave plans, work from home flexibility etc
Money shouldn’t be the only factor you take into consideration when deciding to take a job. As the old saying goes “money doesn’t buy you happiness” make sure you’re not selling yourself short simply to take home a few extra dollars, consider all the factors that makeup job satisfaction and happiness.