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Should you Move Companies?

By: Emma Jones - Updated: 10 Aug 2011 | comments*Discuss
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There are thousands of companies out there so how do you know if yours is right for you? Often, when you are first looking for a job or starting out in your career, you just take what you are offered.

As you mature or begin to understand your needs more, you may want to think about moving companies. Consider what your priorities are and which companies meet them best. Look at the pay and benefits you would receive, what the working environment and hours are like, and whether it is in line with your beliefs. Finally, think about how it would aid Your Career Development and what opportunities there would be for you to progress.

Pay And benefits

Talking about salaries within your company are usually a bit hush-hush, but you can always find out what other companies would pay for a similar role. Think about how much you want and whether this is the most important factor in your move. As well as looking at how much you would be paid, consider the benefits. A company car, more holiday time or private healthcare may all be offerings that could sway your decision.

Working Environment

The way we work can have a huge impact on our happiness and stress levels. Moving companies to a company that offers flexible working hours or childcare facilities might be the right thing for you. Perhaps the company is closer to where you live, has a more casual approach or has modern, forward-thinking offices. Whatever their working environment is like it is something that you need to consider.

Ethics And Ethos

If you have strong ethical values or religious beliefs, you may want Your Company To Reflect These. Maybe you want them to take care of the environment or invest responsibly. Your concerns may be more selfish, though. You might want a company that is family friendly, gives their employees more say in how the company is run, or believes in big bonuses! Do your research to find out how a new company thinks before applying for a job there.

Career Development

As well as all the day-to-day qualities of a company, you also need to think about how the career change would affect your career development. Look at the possibilities for career progression, Promotion or developing your skills. You don’t want to make a big career change, move companies and then realise that you have limited scope for development. Weigh up your options to see whether staying at your current company may be better for your future career or not.

There is no longer a belief that a job is for life and most people will change companies a number of times in their career. If you are thinking of moving companies, decide what is important to you and look for it. Think about the pay and benefits on offer, the working environment and the company’s ethic and ethos. Also, look at the scope for your career development and if it is a good move for your future.

What About Relocating?

Changing careers sometimes means relocating, too. But before you move, make sure you've considered how This Relocation will impact on you and your family.

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