Deciding whether a new job is right for you

Are you at a career crossroads? Finding a job that suits you and your objectives can often be difficult. There’s a number of factors you’ll need to take into account to ensure you’re moving for the right reasons.

Of course, sometimes you may need to move for reasons outside your control (e.g. redundancy – read our blog about blemishes on your CV) – yet most of the time you’re in the driving seat. Here, we talk about the obvious and not so obvious reasons for looking for a change of scenery. You’ll need to take all these points into account when moving jobs, and it shouldn’t just be about money.

  • Commute

How far/how much does it cost to get to the new job? You need to take this into consideration, especially if you are going by train – perhaps a paid ticket is part of your remuneration package? If not, can you negotiate it as part of your package? However, these are few and far between. Also, if a paid company car is part of your package, please note the increasing tax implications, especially on diesel vehicles.

  • Motivation

What is your motivation to move? Draw up a list of pros and cons. Is moving really what you want? Be critical and seek the advice of friends and family. Is your current role suiting you? Are you upsetting the applecart unnecessarily?

  • Challenge

Taking “Motivation,” into account, is your current job too easy? To achieve your career objectives, being challenged is something that future employers will want to see how you’ve coped with. A change is as good as a rest?

  • Culture

You need to do your homework on the potential company you are joining. This needs to be almost forensic, because once you have chosen to move, it is presumed you have completed your due diligence and accept how the new company works, operates and behaves.

Look around the vast acres of information on the Internet about the business, look up reviews and seek chat forums. Read their company information online and understand their culture, values and mission & vision. Do you agree with them? Are they in tune with your values?

Finally, ask questions about your career growth. Will the new business support your drive and desire to move up the corporate ladder? Or is it vice versa – are you happy treading water, but they want to promote? Are you comfortable with this?

  • Capabilities

So, you’ve been offered the job – great news! Are you ready for the step? Will you learn new skills or is it a sideways “same old, same old” move? There’s a balance you’ll need to strike – develop existing skills and your desire to learn new ones. Will the new job offer this?

  • Package

Yes, getting a sizeable increase in pay is always good! However, to get to where you want to go, you may need to accept a similar package if the new role offers a “fast-track” to that destination. You will need to balance the need to juggle all the costs of going to the new job against perhaps it not offering you the package you are seeking. Will this make you content?

However, the new job must cover your lifestyle and living requirements.

  • Recruiter

At MRK Associates, we’re always here to help and guide candidates. If you’re undecided about the role you’ve been offered (through us), give us a call. Our understanding of the business, culture and expectations is unrivalled and will help you make an informed choice; our interest is always on the candidate.

Just remember, we’re here for you.

Roland Seddon, Managing Director, MRK Associates.

MRK Associates is a recruitment and career advisory company specialising in three distinct areas of professional employment – finance/accountancy jobs, office support/administration jobs and revenue management/yield jobs. Our main geographical focus is in the Northern Home Counties area (Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Bedfordshire) where we provide a personal, knowledgeable and professional service within these markets.

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