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The Right Career Move Isn’t All About Money

Published: Friday 10th April 2015

Once you find a job, making the decision to accept the offer on the table isn’t one to be taken lightly. There are many things to consider for your career development. Everyone is different, depending on their circumstances. So, while money might be a motivating factor for many when it comes to deciding on whether or not to apply for a job, it shouldn’t be the overriding concern from the start. After all, you can always renegotiate later. These days, organisations are putting a lot more thought into the benefits included in the remuneration packages they offer in order to attract, and retain, the best talent. And that can mean flexibility later in the recruitment process.

In addition to salary, there are many other factors to take into consideration first. It’s vitally important when making a career move that you think about money in a wider context. That means looking at the bigger picture: What are the benefits? What is the company culture? How many hours will you be working? And what are your future prospects? These are just a few of the questions you should be asking when you find a job that looks like an exciting opportunity.

What Benefits Are There For Your Career?

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While many candidates may be tempted to take a job they like, simply because there’s a big salary attached, they may be missing out on some other great opportunities. While the salary for another role might not be so attractive, when you add up the benefits, the overall package could be just as good, if not better. For example, is there health insurance included, or a company car? With current soaring prices for health insurance and travel costs, these could make a significant difference to the overall value of the package. 

Work-Life Balance

More and more companies are including benefits that promote a good work-life balance into their remuneration packages and the way they run their organisations. It’s well known that happy workers are productive workers and will tend to stay longer when a company has a culture that encourages a good work/life balance. 

What’s more, word gets round about employers with the best work/life balance policies. Those who do best can expect to attract and keep the best talent in the market. Family-oriented candidates know that the number of hours you’re expected to be at work, how long it takes to get there and home again, holiday entitlement and company culture can be just as important as a big take home pay packet at the end of the month. 

Job Satisfaction

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When trawling job sites the salary is sometimes referred to as ‘compensation’ – in that you are being compensated for the time you spend at work. So if you find a job with a big salary, but it’s a job you hate, then it might be worth considering taking a smaller salary for a role you enjoy. 

After all, the work/life balance is all about your quality of life and, as the old adage goes, money can’t buy you happiness. Wouldn’t you rather be looking forward to getting up for work in the morning than dreading the thought of another stressful day in a job you hate for a little extra cash?

Career Prospects

Even Directors and CEO’s had to start somewhere and for most senior members of staff, that was probably an intern or low paid trainee position. When you’re looking at a low salary, think about where you think the role will take you and any new skills you will learn that could turn your CV into a more exciting read for future employers. A higher salary might look good on paper, but it adds nothing to your CV if you’re doing exactly what you did in your previous role. 

Choosing the role that’s right for you means considering your personal circumstances, your lifestyle and where you see yourself in a few years from now. And when you take all of those factors into account, salary, while important, shouldn’t be your only focus. It’s a lot more important to love your job and what you do. To find the right job, with the right work/life balance, you must base your decision less on numbers and more on practical rationale. 

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