Things to Consider Other Than Salary When Changing Jobs
So you’re scrolling through job posts on Indeed and you see what looks like the perfect job! You’ve aced the interview and have an offer pending. You may think you’re ready to accept, but there are several things to consider before making that final decision. It will change your entire future. Below is some information that can help you determine if that change will be positive or negative. Different ages might prioritize certain factors higher than others, but all can agree at the end of the day there are important things to consider before accepting a job offer.
- Benefits/Perks: Insurance plans can be a huge factor to consider especially if you have medical issues or dependents that will be on your plan. When factoring in insurance plans, consider how much you may save with the potential new insurance vs. your current company’s insurance. The difference could be in the thousands! Other benefits/perks to consider are 401K, PTO/Holiday pay, bonus potential, gym discounts/memberships, educational reimbursement, etc. If you’re offered $10,000 more a year, but only get one week off for the first 2 years, that makes a huge difference.
- Commute: Your drive to and from work can be very important! Some people love to drive so an hour to and from work isn’t a big deal. While others think more than 10 minutes is a haul. If you’re leaning more towards the side who cares, make sure to map out your mileage, local school zones you might hit, and high traffic areas. Nothing is worse than sitting in traffic for an hour every morning.
- Coworkers: If you get along well with everyone around you and can enjoy a conversation, it can make all the difference. We’ve heard of several people who’ve been in their jobs a long time because even though they don’t love what they do, they love who they do it with!
- Culture: Culture can be a hard one to determine just from interviewing, but there are still a couple of ways you can get an idea. Asking current employees how the company culture is can be one way. Another way could be to look at the company’s social media. Most company outings, holiday parties, contests, or corporate events will be posted on social media. If there aren’t any, that could mean either they don’t have a great social media presence, or that social activities are not part of the work culture. Of course, culture is much more than parties and celebrations. Is the culture one who values individual performance or team results? Are all individuals respected and given opportunities to grow regardless of their background? Diversity drives success, but only if it is truly valued. Many give definitions of culture, and they are all different. A recent one I read: “unwritten rules that govern individual and team behavior.”
- Your Boss: You’ve heard the saying, “People don’t leave jobs. They leave bosses.” Who you report to can make or break your career. This is another one that’s hard to determine during the interview process. One question you can ask in the interview is who you would be reporting to and how their leadership style is. Another question could be how long they’ve been in their current leadership role. New managers could be unsure of themselves as they are learning their new position as you learn yours.
- Flexible Schedule: A popular trend growing within the past couple of years has been offering flexible work schedules: half days on Fridays, remote work, flexible start times, etc. It’s good to have a healthy work life balance and working for a company that offers this type of benefit can be very important for some families.
- Career Advancement: It’s important to know if the company you’re considering offers room professional development or promotion. If a company does not offer any growth and development, it shows they’re either not invested in that role or too small for growth and you might be on the job hunt again in two years.
- Company History & Stability: Last, but certainly not least, consider the company’s health. How long has it been around and what are the plans for the future? Ask the interviewer where they see the company in 5-10 years. Is there a 5-10 year plan? Does leadership adapt well to market trends/changes? Is the company expanding into new areas or markets? Checking out recent news articles on the company or industry can also give you helpful insights.
While this may not be every aspect to consider when considering a new job, these certainly give you a good start to make the right decision for you and your future career! If you have any additional insights, please share them below.
Written by: Shawn Kinard