A job is never made up of salary alone. Below are five important factors to consider when pursuing a job opportunity or accepting a job offer.
Factor 1: Is the job on offer a career progression?
Does the job on offer have a higher title than your current position or will you have a larger scope of responsibility or a higher chance of progression than in your current position?
These are some of the key questions you should ask yourself prior to applying for or accepting a job offer.
Factor 2: Are you a cultural fit for this organisation?
You will need to determine whether the company you are targeting is consistent with your own personal values and ethics in addition to being a good fit for your personality. If you highly value humour and a sense of fun a traditional, conservative company may not be the best cultural fit for you. If you are aware of what others are saying about the company you will get a good sense of whether or not you will fit in.
You will also get a good sense of the culture of the organisation through the interviewers personality and the first impression you get from the company’s marketing assets; company logo, website, company brochures (etc.)
Factor 3: Will you be using your core skillsets on a daily basis?
If you are using your core skillsets to tackle the type you are passionate about on a daily basis, you will not only be enhancing the strength of your existing skillset but ensuring that you are emotionally happy and motivated in your new position.
Factor 4: Will you be micro-managed or will you have a good degree of autonomy?
It is essential to ayhve autonomy and a level of independence in your decision making process. What will you have total responsibility for and what level of delegation will be attributed to you?
Micro management can be very frustrating, where your creative flair is hindered and you may even feel untrusted and undervalued as a result. It is better to get a clear picture in regards the level of autonomy accompanying your role at interview stage rather than encountering a nasty shock when you commence your new position.
Factor 5: Will my family be positively affected by this opportunity?
Your family is your essential support network and their happiness will have a huge effect on your level of happiness in your new role.
If you have less travel, more holidays or working in a culture that will bring you happiness, this will have a hugely positive effective on your family life. If there is flexibility in regards child-minding problems or the conundrum of looking after a sick child, this will also be a great source of comfort, for you and your family, even if rarely used.
A job is much more than salary or merely taking a wage. There are many other important factors to take into consideration before pursuing a particular opportunity in order to ensure that you are happy and prosper in your new position.