Each new job sounds good when you start, but how can you tell that offer you are about to accept is really going to move your career forward?
At its core, each career transition has three components, call it a “career success triangle.” If you are an “A” player you want to make sure all three are positive, in order for the move itself to be considered successful.
Ultimately there are no guarantees and things will change after you start or their will be facts that impact your transition that you do not have at the time you must make a decision.
The best place to start is to make sure these three items are in alignment with your ultimate career goals.
- Role – Is the role a step forward in your career? Is it either a step-up in responsibility with a like size organization or a lateral move to a larger company? Additionally does it move you forward on your path to your long-term career goal?
- Manager – Are you about to go to work for someone you respect? Most importantly, someone you can learn from? Someone you will enjoy working with everyday for the next three – five years?
- Company – Are you about to go work for a great company? Is it growing? Is it in an industry that will grow? Are you passionate about what the company does? Do you see yourself as someone who fits well into the culture? Do they have a defined culture? Can you grow your career without having to leave the organization?
Ultimately on you can decide what is going to be the best career move for you. How much you are moving away from pain or towards gain? How each step you take puts you on the path to your ultimate career goal.
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