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Thinking About Switching Jobs?

5 Tips Before You Make the Move

So you’re thinking of quitting your current job and considering a new one? I am sure you have put a lot of thought into your decision; after all, one does not think about changing jobs every day. It does not matter if you have been working at your current job for twenty years or have recently joined in; what matters is the ease and convenience of the move you are planning on. You must have a pros and cons list ready for such moments because a thorough comparison of both sides of the picture can often help you stick to your decision or throw it out in the bin and stick with your old position.

A new job means new responsibilities and a new you. With a newer you, you need adjustment and time to settle in? Are you ready for that change? It is often suggested that if you are well-settled, are happy with your current job, and are soon approaching your mid-40s, you should not venture out on new career plans? What about that “it’s never too late” saying then? Or is there really an age factor attached to everything? This is a decision you would want to take for yourself, and there is no better judge for it than you. Your decision will affect you, your family, your current company, and the new one you will be joining eventually. You need to factor in the costs involved – not just physical and material costs, but emotion and hidden ones too. Here are some questions along with tips to help you make the decision:

  1. Do You Have A Job Offer?

    There is no point in quitting your current job if you haven’t heard from the new job positions you applied for. If you don’t have a job offer in hand, it is advised to wait until you do.

  2. Does Your Family Support Your Decision?

    Will the new job be benefitting and accommodating your family’s growing needs? Are they supportive of you changing your job and moving on with you? You need to have a serious family discussion to see what your family members have to say about what’s on your mind. I am sure you must have already done it by now, but if you haven’t, here’s your chance.

  3. Can You Afford the Upfront Costs and Hassle?

    Just like moving out of your apartment at the end of the semester is a hassle no one wants to go through, it’s the same with switching jobs. Do you have to move away from your current place of residence and relocate to another area for the new job? Have you counted in the new commute time? Is your new company conveniently located with access to public transportation? Do you have enough time before your quit your current job and start your new one to take care of all the tasks you need to? In other words, are you ready and have the time to make this new change? Is this new change exciting?

  4. Will You Be Getting Better Pay? Is It A Question of Inner Satisfaction?

    This is pretty self-explanatory. Assess your options and priorities.

  5. Are There More Work Hours Involved? Consider Family Time v. Work Time

    In most cases, people move to lesser working hours with better pay, but it might be the opposite in your case, so you better evaluate all your options. Once you’re done, you’d be happy you spent the time doing so.

- Heather Eagar

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