If you are thinking of accepting a new job, there are various things you need to consider first. It may sound like the ideal position, but before signing on the dotted line, spend a little time pondering over the finer details. Once you give your resignation to your existing employer, it will be hard to retract, so don’t do anything rash until you have thoroughly thought it through.
Here are 4 things to consider before accepting a new job.
Have you met your colleagues?
Although it’s not common to meet your colleagues before accepting a position, it isn’t something you should rule out. We all have different personalities and gel better with some people than others, so if you feel that you would like to meet the people you will be working with – don’t be frightened to ask!
This is crucial in a management role, as you will want to know that your team will be receptive to you and work with you rather than against you.
Why are you leaving your current position?
Changing your career path for better pay, promotion, or better working hours is very common. If, however, you are leaving due to discrimination or bullying or your employment was terminated for reasons you do not agree with, then that’s a different matter entirely.
According to HKM employment lawyers, if you believe that you were fired because of some unlawful reason, you may be facing a wrongful termination situation and may have a right of action for any damages you have suffered. So, if you fall into this category, it may be worth seeking professional advice before doing anything else.
Will your new hours work with your home life?
If you are a busy working parent with small children, then you will know all too well how hard it can be to juggle both. Your existing employer might be pretty flexible, but will your new one be? You do have to be careful with this as you don’t want your new employer to think you may continually ask for time off, but at the same time, you need to know how much they are willing to come and go.
If there seems to be no room for maneuver, then you need to weigh up the pros and cons. Your children will, of course, come first no matter what, but your new employer might not be as on board with that as you would like them to be.
Is there room to grow within the new position?
You may be changing jobs to advance your career, but have you established whether there is any room for future advancement with your new role?
If you are career-minded and success-driven, this is definitely a question that needs answering. It’s all very well and good accepting a better job now, but do you want to face another job change if there are no prospects a year or two down the line?