Changing job is a very important decision that everyone takes a few times in their lives. It is a decision that needs a lot of consideration and thought because one move can make or break your career.

At Instahyre, we help dozens of people find their dream job every month, and have observed some common concerns that job-seekers have. Below is a list of things that I feel are important and worth thinking about when deciding to switch your job.

1. Does your decision to switch affect your personal brand?

One of the most frequent questions asked in a job interview is “why are you leaving your previous job?”. In fact, a few companies who hire on Instahyre even have a lower limit on the average duration a candidate has worked at previous jobs! Frequent job-hopping voyages cause great harm to your reputation. So think really long and hard before you decide to explore new opportunities.

2. What will you learn?

Growth is life, but growth does not mean just a raise — it also means what opportunities a new job might present you in terms of learning new skills and taking up a more challenging role. In terms of growth, consider startups as they present you with a wide variety of challenges and fire fighting experience which a role at an established MNC would not provide.

3. Is the role suitable?

Often, people discover that their new job is not what it seemed on the job description, but only after they’ve already moved. Thus, it’s best to be certain beforehand that the role is something you’ll be comfortable with. Talking to your interviewers about their day-to-day work is a great way to learn about the roles at a particular company.

4. How is the work culture of the new place?

No two companies are the same, and especially if you are moving from an MNC to a startup there’s a massive difference between their environments. You need to be a team player and flexible enough to fit in the prospective company’s environment. Be sure to discuss their work culture during your interviews with them!

5. Is the job location is suitable?

Maintaining a good work-life balance is one of the most important things to lead a stress-free life. If the new job is in a different city or country, analyzing the cultural shift and your adaptability might be important things to think about. In fact, even a long commute within the same city generally leads to a lot of dissatisfaction and frustration!

6. How big is the company?

Companies at different sizes and stages have their own advantages and disadvantage. Joining an early-stage startup as the first few employees can lead to life changing financial gains if the startup does well. On the other hand, larger companies may have better mentors from whom you could learn a lot. Mid-sized companies offer a bit of both worlds, of course.

7. Does the new company foster new learnings and improving skill sets?

When it comes to your career, long term planning always triumphs over short term. Are you stuck with a skill set that is no longer in demand or has no future? Then changing your job profile and learning new skills might be the correct route for you. 

8. Do you believe in the company’s vision and the product ?

You would be happiest in your new job if you are in sync with the vision and values of the company and founders. Even if all other factors about the job look good, the best companies to work for are those whose products or services you actually love using yourself.

9. What are additional perks and HR policies(if any) ?

HR policies can vary substantially from company to company, and even something like a working Saturday might become frustrating after a while. So check with HR and go through all the policies before you say yes.

Discussing additional perks, reimbursements, and other benefits with the HR is an effective way of understanding the company culture.

10. Do you love the role offered?

Probably the simplest, yet the most important of all factors is whether your job change will make you happier and make your life any better.

Culture, money, role, proximity to home, product etc. Whatever may be the reason, if it brings you close to the elusive feeling of complete job satisfaction then it’s totally worth considering the opportunity. After all, companies with the happiest employees are the most successful ones!

Note: This article is a modified and republished version of the article originally contributed at IndiaToday.in 

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