Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve just been confirmed in one job and receive a job offer from another employer?
If this has ever happened to you, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons carefully before making a decision.
Why you should consider the better opportunity
Just because the job offer sounds really good on paper, doesn’t mean it’s the perfect job for you.
To figure out whether or not the new job offer is the right one for you, ask yourself these questions.
- Does this job favour you in terms of commuting, work hours, salary, job title, benefits, etc?
- Do you have a good understanding of what you will be expected to do if you accept?
- Will you be excited and satisfied if you take up this new job offer?
- Is the company culture a great fit for you?
- Will you be able to climb the career ladder if you take up this new job?
Why you should consider staying at your current employment
In certain fields, job-hopping isn’t a problem while in others, it may create a negative impression about yourself.
This factor matters as it entirely depends on your employment history.
If you had long-term employment before, making quick jumps won’t hurt your career.
Keep in mind that employers can find out whom you’ve worked for, even if you try not to disclose it, with a simple background check.
Assuming you made the jump to the new job, the last company may not be interested in taking you back in the future; especially if you’re in an industry where there is a limited number of employers.
Assess your career values
When considering taking up a better job, your career values count as one of the most important factors that will help you determine your choice.
While not all values can offer as much emotional fulfilment, they will certainly make your working life much easier.
Here is a list of these types of values:
- Work collaboration
- Working environment
- Developing things
- Less stress
- Sense of adventure
- New challenges
- Employee benefits
- Fast pace working style
- Fun and enjoyable
- Influencing others
- Job security
- Work life balance
- Supportive management
How to make a proper exit
If you have opted to take up the better job offer, it’s important to ensure that you are able to resign from your job as gracefully and professionally as possible.
Be sure to provide adequate notice to your employer and if you have an employment contract that indicates how much notice you should give, abide by it.
Write a resignation letter and inform your supervisor in person that you’re quitting.
How to talk to your boss about your resignation
Before you speak to your boss, determine the best way to explain that you are resigning.
The key here is to share the details minimally and to only focus on the positive side.
You don’t need to talk about your next job, or the company and you don’t have to explain the reasons behind your departure.
Thank your boss for the opportunity of working at the company despite it being brief.
Follow up with your notice and inform your boss about the specific date you will be leaving.
To conclude the conversation, include any essential details about the transition of your responsibilities.
You can even provide a transition document that lays out your day-to-day tasks, if necessary.
This article first appeared in Jobstore. First launched in New York, Jobstore is one of the largest job distribution platforms which offers services in over 10 countries.