It is so exciting the day that the recruiter calls you to offer you about a job. You feel so excited all day. You’ve been noticed and sought out for your expertise. And because you are actively managing your career, you always take the interview even if you are happy where you are. Taking that first call or phone screen is always a good idea. The benefits are endless. You get to practice telling your best work stories and you can get immediate feedback on them to continually hone in on that accomplishment-based narrative that makes you stand out. And now, you’ve been asked to progress in the process and have been extended an offer. Here’s where you should pause. Related: The Waiting Game: Surviving Job Offer Anxiety This might be the hardest thing to do. But, it is so important to take a little time to process the offer you’ve been given. Despite the frequency in which we are all changing jobs these days, leaving one job to join another company is still a big step. You spend a lot of time at work and with your co-workers. You not only make money at your current role, but you also know the ins and outs of the company. You know where you fit for the most part. And while jumping ship on some days sounds glorious, you never know if there’s a better boat your stepping onto or if you’ll end up with no inner tube in the deep end of the ocean. So, when that job offer comes in, you need to do a little soul searching before you accept the job offer on the phone right away. Here are some tips for doing that:
1. Take stockIf you want to take the job, it’s important to know why. So, I always ask myself a series of questions to be sure I am doing this for the right reasons. I usually ask myself:
- Why am I looking to change?
- Is it better money?
- Shorter commute?
- Looking for more growth opportunities?
- Am I no longer challenged or appreciated at my current job?
- Am I not satisfied with my job?