Looking for a new job is like buying a new car: You start out excited and full of energy, and then you’re overwhelmed by the process, which gives you a headache. Ultimately, you end up with a long-term commitment and some degree of “buyer’s remorse.”
Here are 10 factors to consider before you make the plunge to “greener pastures.”
We’re in the money!
The most exciting part of a new job is knowing you’ll be earning more money. New car, new house, new toys! But just hold on. Consider the net take-home dollars and the local taxes, which could have a larger impact than your spouse’s increased spending plans! Don’t leave your current employer just for the money. You’ll have it spent before you get it anyway. Remember the last big bump you got? How far did that go? While compensation is a huge factor, don’t let it blind you into a bad move. Keep your perspective and be realistic. Assuming you are currently underpaid, don’t expect a 25 percent bump even if you deserve it. Companies don’t think that way and will think themselves generous in this economy offering you a 10 to 15 percent increase. If you get more than that, you are doing fine!
2. Job Title
3. Dead-End Job/Career Advancement
8. Company Prestige
9. Fun Factor
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