Congratulations! You have been offered a job. Getting a new job is confidence boosting and exciting, well done you! But before you immediately say yes it is important to take your time and to ask yourself a few questions…
1. Is the company culture and environment right for you and what you are looking for? Is it a company that you believe in?
2. Weigh up your current position and this opportunity. It is worth writing out the pros and cons of each in a clear objective manner. Make sure it is not a case of the grass is greener.
3. Where are you now and where do you want to be long-term? Ask yourself if this opportunity will get you closer to your long-term plans. Are you closing any doors in taking this role? Or is it getting you closer to your ideal role?
4. Have you taken time to do some self-analysis? What are your strengths, skills, interests, motivators, values and passions? With some thorough self-analysis, you could look at this opportunity objectively deciding if it is the right opportunity for you.
5. Have you done your research? Use Glassdoor to get an idea of what it is like to work there. Look on LinkedIn for people who have worked there, have they stayed a long time or is there a common theme of high turnover?
6. Have you talked it through with someone whose view you value? A trusted advisor or mentor, ideally someone who has been there and knows your industry.
7. What is your intuition telling you?
When a job opportunity arrives it is important to think about you, the role and the company to double check that this is the right move for you. In summary, take your time, do your research both desk research and speaking to people and know yourself and future plans before making any rash decisions.
Charlotte Billington is a professional career coach with a background in recruitment, HR consulting, career guidance and coaching. She has been advising others on their careers for 20 years. You can find Charlotte’s book ‘What to do next?’ here.
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