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Author: Lavie Margolin, Career Coach

Any change in our career is a potential risk. You can mitigate that risk by taking careful consideration with your next move. When choosing the next step in your career, consider the following five things about your potential new employer:

1)  Consider not only the job position and salary but also the organization/company for which you may work.

2)  Is the company that you are considering financially healthy? Does it look like they are a stable company? You can Google a company and read recent articles about the organization.

3)  Is the organization the type of place you would want to work? Is their value system in line with yours?

4)  Will they respect your religious beliefs?

5)  Is the management style one that is a fit for you? Is the culture to work sixty to eighty hours a week or work nine to five with only occasional overtime?

It can be challenging to get the complete information before you start a job. Research as much as possible. Speak to people that work there or may have once worked there. Read what is available online. Pay attention when you go on interviews to the way co-workers interact.

All will be telling signs to help you learn what will be the right situation for you. Depending on the person, the same job in the same company can be an excellent fit for one person but a terrible fit for another. Taking a new job is always a risk but try to manage the risk through information gathering.

About the Author: Lavie Margolin is a New York-based Career Coach and the author of Lion Cub Job Search: Practical Job Search Assistance for Practical Job Seekers. To learn more, go to Lavie’s website, Lion Cub Job Search:www.Lioncubjobsearch.com