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Pros and Cons of Switching IT Jobs When Recruited

Dec 09 , 2015

Careful consideration will help you make a good choice about whether to switch jobs as a result of a recruiter's offer.

Most recruiters know that many of the most qualified candidates for a particular position are already employed in good jobs when the position becomes open. Recruiters spend time opening communication with these qualified candidates through social media and other avenues in order to try to recruit them at some future date.

When you are the target of such recruiting efforts, taking the new opportunity or staying in your current job can be a difficult decision. Leaving a perfectly good job is not easy to do, but staying put may not be the best option in every case either. There are many pros and cons to sort out when it comes to an unexpected job offer.

The Pros of Switching Jobs

If you've worked at the same company or done the same job for several years, you may be experiencing boredom or become disillusioned with the company for any number of reasons. Switching to a new opportunity may give your career a burst of energy or stretch your skills in different ways.

An obvious reason to switch jobs is when the move involves a promotion to a higher position or higher salary. It is important to evaluate the company offering you the job as carefully as they evaluate you, however, to make sure they are stable and not likely to fail or go into decline (which could lead to layoffs) in the near future. A good question to ask the recruiter or interviewer is whether the position has any advancement opportunities, and then compare your current company to the new one and see which one may benefit your career most in the long run.

Making a positive move for your career is smart, but it pays to check into each opportunity very carefully.

The Cons of Switching Jobs

You may want to think twice about switching jobs if it's an equivalent move, meaning a similar level of responsibility and salary. When evaluating salary, be sure to consider benefits as part of the total compensation. Two jobs may offer a similar salary, but if health benefits or tuition reimbursement are included with one and not the other, it could mean total compensation of several thousand dollars more every year and could have a major impact on your decision.

Another thing to consider when switching jobs is how much you just may want a change. One motivator for switching jobs is to avoid a negative situation or person at your current job. While there are situations where that may be the best step to take, working through the difficult situation can often lead to growth and increase your skill levels. Talking to a vocational counselor or other trained professional can help you sort out which kind of situation you are dealing with if you struggle to figure it out on your own.

Taking some time to sort out the pros and cons before accepting an unexpected job offer can help you boost your career and advance in your profession. You can join GDH Consulting's talent network today and stay in the loop when it comes to new opportunities in your field of expertise.