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With the ongoing impact of COVID-19, many people are actively in the job market, whether due to a furlough or close of their place of business. When unemployed, there is pressure to move quickly into a new opportunity, sometimes at the expense of our best interest and well-being.

But, it’s just as important as ever to make sure you make the right job move, and don’t neglect your own needs or interests. A recent report from GoBankingRates found that 23% of Americans regret changing jobs. Another study from OfficeBroker found more than 75% of people made career choices they regret. Reasons range from missing relationships with former co-workers to feeling that the job didn’t line up with their expectations. Some people regret taking the first offer, only to have a better offer down the line, but feeling obligated to turn it down.

If you’re in the job market, what steps can you take to reduce the chance of making a bad decision?

First and foremost, you need to understand your own style and how it fits into a company’s culture, as well as the nature of the industry. Are you energized by working in customer-focused organizations? Do you thrive in an environment driven by high profile business achievements? Perhaps you find a greater sense of value in seeing individuals overcome obstacles and attain personal goals.

Other steps you can take include:

  • Detailed research on the company. Make sure their values align with your own, and that you can be fulfilled working toward the company mission.
  • Research your potential manager. What is their reputation within the industry, and what do their employees say about working for them?
  • What are the strengths of the company you are interested in, and are they in an area where you can add value?
  • What about the team you will be a part of? Are they people with whom you want to associate on a daily basis?
  • Understand how your experience and accomplishments will contribute to the team, and how the new experience will add to your skills and strengths. Be sure to nurture your talent and feed your interests.
  • Understand the salary for the role, industry, and your locale in order to prepare for salary negotiations. Be aware of which items can bee negotiated, and which ones cannot. Specifically, benefits as part of a defined plan, such as medical or retirement, have strict rules in place which eliminate opportunities to negotiate.

Final note – if you have to take a position to tide you over a rough spot, make a concerted effort to find the best possible fit, even if it’s for a short time frame. And if it’s not a great fit, try to find a way to benefit from the job until the right one comes along.


Have You Ever Regret Taking a Job was written by Dorris Hollingsworth, Director of People Management and Sr. HR Consultant for Evolution Management, Inc. (EMI). To learn more about Dorris, check out our team page: https://evolutionmgt.com/our-team/.

The EMI team is energized about transforming organizations through initiatives that help all employees recognize and overcome biases. Contact EMI for more information about how we can help you achieve organization effectiveness: www.evolutionmgt.com / 770.587.9032.