25 things to check when looking for a new job

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. Knowing where your talents lie

  2. Not taking your personal baggage into the new job

  3. The company culture offers better recognition and learning opportunities than your existing position

  4. The opportunity for career growth internally are better than what you had with your existing job

  5. How to find out more about your future manager

  6. The work colleagues in the new position are a good fit

  7. Work life balance is more favorable

  8. Negotiating the right package so that the job is a significant improvement over your current position

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.