A New Job Offer? Hit Pause Before Saying Yes
Accepting a new job offer is not always the best move
You just got a new job offer. Today the job market is different from even five years ago. Where did your offer come from? Your new job offer can be the result of your research of prospective companies plus careful consideration of the type of career opportunity you want. Or it might be because a headhunter or HR representative contacted you and pitched the job in a way that appealed to you.
The real question is if this is an opportunity you actually want and will it move you to a better career position. It is natural to be flattered by a good job offer. It feels delicious to be recognized for our skills and abilities at the work we do. We can get rushed through the hiring process feeling a real high.
Your new job offer can be exactly what you’ve been searching for. Or not.
Think about not making a move if:
1) It’s just about the Money.
More money is only good for the first couple of bank deposits and after that excitement is over – you still need to deal with new a new corporate culture, new managers, a new team, a new commute, new files and huge changes. And one big question – will you be doing the same job but paid way more money? Were you underpaid or is there high turnover where you are headed? Try to get as much upfront information as you can before you leap. Money is good, but not worth it if it’s you that is sizzling instead of the new job.
2) You’re Bored
Okay, so you like the job you’ve got, you like your boss, your friends and customers are all good and the commute works…but ho-hum? But you want more challenge? What does more challenge mean to you? It’s a good idea to analyze what challenge is to you – because it’s a different meaning for some than it is for others. Can you “speak” it?
Once you’re clear about what your kind of challenge means – sit down with your supervisor and see if there is more you can take on. If there isn’t and you do make a move, it won’t be a surprise to your employer and your references from them will be even better for your efforts.
3) There are Big Changes at Work
Has your company been sold or has there been a big shakeup? Your manager has moved on to a new company and is offering you a job to come on over. The grass always looks better on the other side of the fence and I also love new and exciting things. It works to first play “what if” before you jump in. What if your manager doesn’t like the new position and moves on? Where would that leave you? Are you tagged as a jumper and have to move again?
Use some caution before tying your career to somebody else’s star – if it right for you? That’s what matters.
4) Your Company Has Been Sold
Whenever there is a major takeover, rumours of doom and gloom have people heading for the door. Change isn’t comfortable but with change comes new opportunities. If you leave now, are you leaving a better opportunity behind? Make sure you’ve got the big picture, the whole story before you move. You might be missing out on a better job than the one you had before the company changed hands. Bottom line, insurance people are always in demand. Take your time – either way it shakes down – you’re going to be just fine.
5) You Aren’t Interested in Upgrading Your Education
Have you noticed that Education has been “trending” with Insurance Companies and Brokers for the last few years? The focus now is get your CAIB, get your CIP, get your CRM, etc. If you just have the basics and can’t/won’t upgrade, think very carefully about accepting that shiny new job at a broker or company if they focus on education for their employees. Today you get hired with your basics because they need you and you’re the best they can find now.
In 6 months or a year, they will be standing at your desk asking you when you are writing your next exam. Then what? You’ll be given a timeline to complete it and if you don’t, you are out the door. An employer focused on education when they hire you is going to stay that way – you won’t be the exception for long. If you aren’t prepared to upgrade, think about it before you set yourself up to fail.
6) Your Best Work Buddy Got A New Job
All the talk is about how great it’s going to be – they are moving on and up! And you’re feeling what? Envious? Left behind in this same old boring job? Before you decide hey, what about me – just stop and think about it. How did you feel about your job the day before your buddy told you they had a new job. Satisfied? Happy with what you do? It’s not about “don’t move”.
It’s about moving for your sake, because it’s the best thing for you and your career. Maybe this is the kick you needed to start your own search, and just maybe you’re playing copycat because this change feels like everything is changing. It’s your career and your life if you are going to change jobs, make the change about you.
7) One Person at Work Makes You Crazy
This is one of the biggest reasons people want to change jobs. There is one difficult person you work with and now you want out. It can be a manager you don’t get along with or one of your team mates The easiest solution is just move. Here is the problem with that.
Wherever you go, there will be people who make you crazy. Maybe they don’t pull their weight and do their share of the work. Maybe they have annoying personal habits or they are inappropriately critical. Whatever it is, you feel forced to make a job move.
Think about whether you are part of your problem or can you be part of the solution. To get a change we usually have to change. Is an attitude shift all it would take? Can you sit down with this person and a third-party manager or HR Rep and work on some conflict resolution? It can feel difficult to make the first move to get a discussion going. You may surprised how making an effort to work this out can make all the difference.
Is this a job offer you should accept? Take the time to consider if it’s your best move.
This is your work and your life. Make it work for you.