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10 tips before you consider job change

Updated on September 14, 2012

10 important things before you consider job change

Right, a big gun in your field is chasing you with dollar dreams and a significantly high pay packet. Who wouldn’t be tempted? Worse still, you have gotten bored of your current job and are eagerly seeking a change.

While that kind of opportunity may seem god-sent at first, you can quickly rue your decision of jumping the ship if you are not careful. Sometimes, job changes can be more bad than good. Here are a few tips that will actually help you ward off the bad of job change.

  1. Make sure you have an offer in hand- Many times, people quit their current jobs because they are very sure they will find a better one. However, that does not happen every time, especially in this uncertain economic scenario. Make sure you have an offer letter in hand before you jump the ship.
  2. Resign gracefully- Just because you have got a lucrative job offer does not mean you resign the very next day. You never know when you might need the help of people at some point in your life. Resign gracefully. Give them a notice period and leave your organization on good terms.
  3. Consider the location of your new job- More money often makes us blind to everything else. However, hours of commuting to work will get to us sooner or later. Before you accept the new offer, consider all the factors, including the location and the time of commute.
  4. Money should not be the only reason- Sure, money makes the world go round. But money shouldn’t be the only factor for job change. If you keep switching jobs purely for financial reasons, you will respect in your industry.
  5. You should fit in your new organization- When you plan to change jobs, do make sure that the work culture of the new organization is in tune with your personality. You should be able to fit in, else, you are taking a risk.
  6. It must be aligned to your short term and long term goals- Whenever you take up a job, it is important that it serves your short term and long term goals. A company that’s offering good starting salary but little growth is not suitable for the long term. That’s a caveat you must consider.
  7. Ask for better opportunities in your current organization- Long years spent at one organization always look good on your resume. Before you jump the ship, just ask for better opportunities in your current organization. You never know you might hit the jackpot.
  8. Always keep the door open- Sometimes, even after all the considerations, you may not like your new job. You may want to get back to your old job. Thus, while leaving your current organization, always leave that door open, so that you can come back at a later stage if and when possible.
  9. Is the new workplace challenging enough? When we are seeking change, we are often seeking a new challenge. Before you decide to change jobs, introspect a little and see whether the new profile offers some new challenge.
  10. Your job security- It is never a good idea to move into an organization which has recently been acquired by someone else or has recently undergone merger. It is a very unstable environment, and you would be taking a risky decision.


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