Some career decisions are straightforward, others not so much.
Sometimes what's best for your career can be tough to determine when you're faced with a difficult choice—whether it's leaving a company or staying onboard.
Here are 4 signs you're about to make the wrong decision..
1. You're desperate
It's an uncomfortable feeling being stuck at a company you hate – a place where you feel undervalued, underpaid and overworked. But sometimes your exit route isn't always a good one.
Sit back and think – would you really be considering this offer if you were in any other situation? Would you ever think about joining this company if you weren't so unhappy in your current role?
Don’t jump from the frying pan into the fire! Stay calm and continue your search – a job offer should only be an exciting new opportunity to further your career, not just an escape route from a bad situation.
2. You're not motivated by the right things
What do you really value in a job? Work-life balance? Salary? New challenges? Career advancement? Maybe even a swanky office space?
The truth is, it's probably a combination of these and a few other factors. And as long as they are things that are genuinely important to you, it's a great way to weigh up your options.
People might be quick to chime in with something like: "You have to take this job! Look at how much money they're offering you," or even "don't bother joining them, their website looks cheap."
If you find yourself being influenced by one or two issues you'd otherwise never consider, you're almost definitely unsure about your decision.
3. You have to talk yourself into it
When you're faced with making a significant career decision, you should always weigh your options clearly, carefully and objectively.
But don't fall into the trap of over-hyping certain perks or advantages to make you feel like it's the best call.
You may need to sleep on it, or you may even need a week to think it over, but one way or another, the right answer should come naturally to you at some point.
If you find a reason for your decision contains the phrase: "at least," then you're probably trying to talk yourself into it.
4. You’re letting emotions cloud your judgement
There’s a simple maxim for when you’re making a career decision—think with your head before your heart.
Now, like with any rule, there is always an exception. The exception in this case is if you’re completely motivated to make your decision by a total love for what you do. But love is the only exception.
Other emotions, such as anger, bitterness or fear, are NOT acceptable emotions to motivate a career decision. Remember, cooler heads always prevail!
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