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Author: Lavie Margolin, Career Coach

When weighing a job offer, look before you leap. Situation: You are currently working and fairly happy. You have been dutifully keeping a pulse on the job market and interviewing regularly. Your current job is solid but there does not seem to be much room for you to grow in the organization. An offer of upward mobility outside of your company has been tendered to you. While the grass may often seem greener on the other side, be sure to seriously consider all aspects and challenges of a new position. A new job, even one that is right choice for you, will often be stressful at first. You will have to learn the new processes related to the organization, get to know and learn how to effectively work with your new co-workers and often have to prove yourself all over again.

A higher salary, more responsibilities and an increased profile within your industry may seem like a next great step for you. It often is. Do you feel you can meet the new challenges and aims related to the new position? Speak to respected colleagues and associates inside and outside your industry, whose opinion you can trust, when carefully weighing the final offer.

Sometimes we take risks and they do not always work out but oftentimes they do. Taking a risk for upward mobility is often the right step for many in their career but that is for you to decide. No matter what, everything is a learning experience and if you choose to take the risk, you may be better for it.


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