Should I take this job? Who’s ever considered a new job out of (maybe) desperation due to how unhappy you are at your current job?
I know I surely have, and I know I’m not alone.
It breaks my heart to see people having hesitation when they’re about to make a move, not knowing what’s worse – where they’re at, or where they’re going. They say that “the grass isn’t always greener”, and oftentimes it’s scary to navigate which is better: what you currently do (which you hate), or where you’re going (and if that’s any better).
Top tips I recommend during this uncertainty one may experience while transitioning employment and asking oneself “should I take this job?”
1) Trust your gut – if it doesn’t feel right after fully and responsibly negotiating, listen to that. The grass isn’t always greener
2) If you’re truly desperate to get out of your current situation, understand what your long-term options are
3) Only make the move if it’s right – for you. Yea, recruiters need “answers by X date”, but remember – your calendar is just as important as theirs (I’ll even say, more important)
4) Always see it as an opportunity. If you don’t see the move as being anything that will benefit you, don’t consider it. Only make the move if there are foreseeable tangible skills and experiences that can be gained from making the move
5) Engage the help of a trusted advisor (an advocate) to have in your corner. Changing positions and companies can be scary, so know who you can reach out to in order to chat through what’s ultimately best – for you.
Bottom line: Hiring managers, human resources, and recruiters are not your advocates. You are (and potentially with the help of someone advocating for you). Always do what’s best for you, in your timing, for your needs.