5 Things To Consider Before Leaving Your Job

Most people here in the United States go through several different jobs and employers during the course of their careers. Sometimes we make a conscientious decision to leave one job for another, sometimes we get fired or laid off, and sometimes our personal lives force us to make such changes. When the time comes to leaving one employer to work for another, it can be very easy to know exactly why you are leaving your current position, but it can also be extremely difficult to know exactly why you would want to work in another position, or company.

Deciding on which company you want to work for can make or break your success in your new position, so before you leave your current position altogether, there are a few things you will want to take into consideration first. Here are seven factors that can affect who you go to work for, what position you will take, and if, in fact, leaving your current position is your best option.

1. Will you make more money?

Although money should not be your only reason for leaving a job to take another one, it is definitely one of the biggest factors that motivate people to change jobs. Employers will often offer raises and adjustments in salaries for cost of living as the years go on, but if you have been in your position without a raise for a while and your employers are not looking to give you a raise or offer you a higher position, it might be time to move. Be sure to check your new salary against your current one, as well as contributions to insurance and retirement funds. If you have to contribute more to such accounts at the new company, be sure the compensation you will receive still comes out to more than you are currently making.

2. Is there an opportunity for growth?

When going to work for a new company, another good thing to consider is whether or not there is a steady opportunity for growth. If you have not been offered an opportunity for advancement or a promotion in your current job, and have come to notice that the company does not really do much internal advancement anyway, leaving that company is most likely going to work in your favor. If, however, you leave your current position for a new one at a company that also offers very little opportunity for advancement, then you might want to consider other companies that will offer you the opportunity for longevity.

3. Does the new position offer a comfortable work environment?

One of the biggest factors that go into whether or not you excel in any job is the environment you are forced to work in. We all work differently; some people are more comfortable working around a lot of people in an energetic environment, and others prefer personal space and a quiet atmosphere in order to get their work done. Your profession will also be a factor in determining this, but if you find that you do not feel comfortable in the workplace, taking that job might be the best option for you, regardless of the benefits and compensation. In order to get a better idea of the company and the people that work there, feel free to ask for a tour of the office during your interview. This will give you the opportunity to meet some of the current employees and get a feel of their day-to-day activities.

4. Does the company have strong employee retention?

Another good factor to consider is whether or not the company you are looking to work for has good employee retention. While you are at the interview, ask for a tour and meet a few of the current employees. You can ask them a few questions about their experience working there, if people tend to come and go, and why those that stay choose to do so. If you find that a lot of people have left because they are unsatisfied with compensation, managerial style, or other employees, you might consider going to a few more interviews before you decide to say yes to the position.

5. Is the prospective employer successful?

Before you decide to go and work for your new employer, do some research into the company and how they have been doing the last few years. If their track record is not very impressive across news outlets and business reporting agencies, going to work for them may not be the best career move after all. Checking out customer reviews is another good way to check up on the company’s success. If the business does not have good standing with other businesses, customers, and marketing or advertising firms, you should definitely reconsider taking the job, or at least continue looking for other open positions.

Before you leave your current position, you should reevaluate your reasons for doing so. Are you unsatisfied with your compensation? Do you not like or respect your boss or managers? Do you feel unappreciated even though you always give your best effort? If any or all of the answers to these questions are true, leaving is probably in your best interest; just be sure you are leaving for the right reasons and for a position with a better company and better opportunity.