10 Things to Look for in a New Job Opportunity

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Are you considering leaving your present job for a new opportunity that has come your way? Think before you leap. The offer may sound tempting but the smart thing to do is to do a little research, a background check on the company and ask the correct questions. Since you already have a job that you are comfortable in and it pays you enough, don’t take up a job in a hurry. Some of these points may help you to think about the offer in a practical manner:

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Job satisfaction

It is very important to feel content with all aspects of your job. When looking into a new job opportunity, make sure you are comfortable with the job profile. Check how integral your role is in the company and ensure it gives you a sense of achievement. Job satisfaction is very important for one’s stability as a performer and it affects the length of his/her commitment to the company. If there is any aspect of the profile that you are not happy with or you would like to change, speak to the concerned person to see if something can be done about it.

Job location

Even though it might seem immaterial at this point of time, it’s a very practical thing to consider while looking into a new opportunity. Sure, your new job will pay you good money but how far will the office building be from your home? How much will you end up spending on diesel or petrol? Will your company expect you to relocate entirely and if so, will they give accommodation for your family and you? These questions might be far-fetched right now but once you take the job, thinking about these things will be meaningless and you’ll have to face the repercussions.

Job profile and company’s expectations

It is intelligent to have a clear understanding of the profile you will support, what your job responsibilities and your company’s expectations from you will be so that you can weigh yourself against it. There’s no point in biting more than you can chew by taking up a position that requires more knowledge and skills than you have or can acquire in a short time. It will not give the management a very favorable impression of you and failure to live up to the company’s expectation might result in a demotion or even termination.

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Company’s social standing

Do a background check on the company to ensure it has a good reputation in the society. Surely, you would not want to attach yourself with a company that pollutes the environment by not taking any prevention measures or that has been previously involved in massive scandals. Just as everyone looks in awe at someone who works in a well known, healthy company, someone working in an ill-reputed company will be looked at with disdain.

Professional growth

Think about where you would want to be in the company in the next 5 years. Then see whether the company can give you that amount of professional growth. Try to understand the growth rate of the present employees when you speak to the people from human resources by asking relevant questions. Make sure the company can help you grow if you work hard enough because otherwise, switching companies and going out of your comfort zone won’t make a lot of sense in the long run.

Higher salary

Why would you leave a job where you are already aware of what is expected from you and you are at ease with meeting the goals, unless the new opportunity offers a higher remuneration to say the least? It is human nature to exchange what they have for something better.

Incentives and add-on benefits

Often, people settle for a lesser base pay in a new job because they get good incentives and adequate health insurance, education reimbursements and the like. Technically, you will end up saving more if the company takes care of these insurances especially if you are supporting your family so that whenever you need money for any of these situations, it does not come out of your pocket. Some companies also give cars or pay for the petrol expenditure for their employees if they are working in a superior position in management. So, if that’s your job profile, make sure you check the company policy on these points.

Flexibility in hours and leave policy

Try to get more information about the expected working hours and the kind of flexibility the company allows its employees. Does the company expect the employees to work extra hours frequently? Will you be given a leave when you fall sick or will you have to compensate for that day by working on a weekend? Will you be getting paid sick leaves and a paid vacation or will it come from your own pocket? Ask these questions before making your decision because these things are important for your prolonged relationship with this company.

Work environment

Every company bases itself on a value system that is essential for its everyday working. Ask how these values are integrated in the workplace by the employees because it is equally important for you to understand and practice them. Try to ascertain the managements authority in the company with regard to their leadership abilities and its effect on the over growth of the company. Also, try to ascertain the kind of relationship between the management and the employees because these are the deciding factors for creating a work environment. A supportive and positive relationship between the two can create an environment where everyone will willingly try to achieve goals and just as the opposite will not warrant much co-operation between them.

Job security

How stable is your position in the company? Since you’ll have to leave your current job in order to take up the new opportunity, it has to be permanent and stable enough. Try to ascertain what sort of a severance pay you’d get, if any. Try to do a bit of research on recent mergers and acquisitions since a change in management can mean a lay-over of hundreds of people and there is no point in leaving a secure job for something like that.

  • Mason

    Personally. I find job satisfaction and growth to be the two most important things when looking for a new job. Even if the company is small, I don’t mind working in it as long as I get to grow and I get treated as a valued employee :)))

  • Bella

    I look for growth. Smaller companies are usually better for growth because they encourage good performance. Every job gets boring after a point so it’s only the growth factor that keeps pushing me.