Should you take the job or not?

So you've applied for a new job. You've talked to your references, researched the company, attended the interview and now - great news! You've got the job. But changing careers is a complicated decision and one that's difficult to make in a few minutes over the phone. Here we consider: should you take the job or not?

In difficult economic times, finding and keeping any job can be a challenge, and you might think that quitting your current job to move to a company that you don't know as much about could be a risky move.

After all, if the company did need to make some of its staff redundant, it's likely that the last in would be the first to go. It's unfortunate, but considering how safe your new job would be is an important factor to weigh up when you are trying to decide whether you should take the job or not.

You should also consider your long term career goals. The chances are that if you have any doubts about accepting the position, it is not going to be your dream job. But will it get you closer to where you need to go? Will two years at this new company be an asset to your CV when you are looking for career advancement in the future?

Then of course there are the practical concerns. The most obvious of these is the salary. Be realistic about your expectations - employers are unlikely to offer you much more (more than £1,000 or £2,000 in most cases) than your existing salary unless you are an outstanding candidate.

However, it's also worth considering the company's location. Although this might sound trivial, it is an important factor to think about when deciding whether to take the job. Your work life balance and quality of life could be negatively impacted if you're suddenly burdened with a long commute, for example.

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