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25 things to check when looking for a new job

Extract from ‘Don’t Say I Never Told You’ Series 3

-A guide to life from a loving father to his millennial daughters

Whilst you hopefully are going to receive a salary increase, there are 25 things you need to look for in any job change. These aspects need to be verified rather than simply rely on the interviewers' promises. Always remember that the interviewers will have over sold the job. You need to make sure the next organisation is going to be a better fit, or at least part of your proposed career journey.

Before you move, you need to undertake some of the exercises in 'Series 1 - Personal Development'. There is no point moving from job to job if in the end it is you that is the problem.

The checklist includes points on:

  1. Make sure you have undertaken the CliftonStrengthsFinder assessment before any move so you can assess whether the new job is in fact a better fit. 

  2. Does the new position make the best use of your current talents? Start sorting out your own personal baggage before changing jobs

  3. Compete the exercises in series one. You will not regret it.

  4. Is this move intended to gain some blue-chip (large and well-run organisation) experience?

  5.  Are you going to work under an inspirational CEO?

  6.  Can you envisage working in the new organisation for at least three to five years?

  7. Does the job have a more attractive office environment than your existing position?

  8.  Is the opportunity a better fit to your Ikigai (your life’s purpose)?

  9.  Is the opportunity a better fit to your five-year goal aspirations?

  10. Are there more learning opportunities in this position?

  11.  Will you have staff reporting to you?

  12.  Does the new organisation offer international job opportunities?

  13. Does the new organisation offer a better commitment to training?

  14. Have you asked the person you are replacing, “I am in the process of applying for a job with ________ I understand that you have worked for them in the past is that correct?  If I was offered the position should I take it?”

  15.  Have you enquired from independent sources about the manager you would be working for? Never rely on your impression during the interviews.  All managers are on best behaviour during these sessions.

  16. Does the job have more competent staff reporting to your position? 

  17. Does the new company have more competent employees than your current job?

  18. Is the work life balance in the new organisation a good fit with you? 

  19. Is the organisation’s location desirable?  Good affordable housing nearby, good life style opportunities, easy commute from existing home if job is in same city?

  20. Does the new job fit with your partner’s career better than the existing one?

  21.  Is there an honest set of values and ethics within the new organisation?

  22.  Is your proposed rate of pay in the top quartile for your position and experience?

  23.   Are the total emoluments of the new job offer more than a 20% increase over existing pay?

  24. Does the job offer a bigger employer pension contribution?

  25. Does the job offer a better holiday entitlement?

It is not uncommon for many promises to be offered in the interview, which in reality will never transpire. In other words, if you're looking for a car in job, don't accept a statement like "we expect in 6-12 months, Joe Bloggs will be leaving and his position will be available to you which comes with a company car". This was once offered to me and the said person was there when I left 3 years later.

You need to find out a lot more about your organisation and your future manager. Any shortcuts here can lead to many months of pain.

Extract from ‘Don’t Say I Never Told You’ Series 3

-A guide to life from a loving father to his millennial daughters

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