You worked with the right recruiter, got invited in to meet the team, nailed the interview, and were, ultimately, offered a job. Now the ball is in your court and it’s your time to decide whether or not you want to accept this offer and leave your current job.
While this decision is difficult, there are a few things to consider when going through your pros and cons and figuring out what is best for you and your career.
A new job may seem great in the moment, but if you are taking steps towards a lifelong career, you need to make sure this job is a step in the right direction. During your interview, ask if there is room for growth or advancement if you do well in your current position. You can also take a look at other employees who work at the company, paying particular attention to how long they have been there and seeing if any of their titles or responsibilities have changed.
Who You’ve Met
You likely met the hiring manager for your position during your interview, and came away with an opinion on the manager that can help sway your decision. But don’t just singularly focus on them. Did you also meet the receptionist on your way in? Or pass pleasantries with someone in the elevator? It’s likely that if you received a job offer, the hiring manager introduced you to a few team members as well. What was their overall demeanor? Did they seem friendly or too stressed to give you too much acknowledgement? Knowing these answers can give you some great firsthand insight into the company culture.
Why You Are Leaving
If you are currently in a position, understand the reasons you are leaving. If a recruiter came to you, it may be harder to decide if you want to leave your current role. But if you actively searched for this new role, ask yourself why you were searching in the first place. A new job offer always feels like a shiny new item, but things don’t always remain shiny after a few months. Understand what you are giving up before you make a final decision.
Admit it: a lot of your decision is going to be based around salary, and that’s okay! It’s super important to your overall well being and something you should take seriously. Just be sure you fully understand how much of that salary you will actually be taking home. A salary on paper may look good, but is this new job in a new city with different tax structure? Does it require a long commute? Factor these things into your pay to see if your new job is actually a higher salary. Also be sure to consider the benefits that are offered compared to your current job.
If you are looking for a new job, or looking to hire a new employee, it’s in your best interest to work with a recruiting firm like The Goodkind Group who can help you throughout the entire process. You can contact us at 212-378-0700 or visit our website to learn more about our services.