Written By
Marissa Peretz

01.25.17

Should you take the job offer?

According to a recent Gallup report, 60% of millennials are open to switching jobs. A large number of mid and senior level job openings has already started to attract the attention of other generations as well. So it is likely that one of your New Year’s resolutions is to secure a new job offer.

However, once you receive an offer for the next position, how do you know whether you have truly found a match? The allure of the unknown is tempting, yet the familiar routine of your current job is comforting. If you have multiple offers, how do you choose the right one? How do you honestly assess your feelings to find true north on your career path?

Enter the puppy test

A Forbes article, sourcing an answer by Data Science advisor Monica Rogati notes that one of the best ways to determine your true feelings is to be mindful of the way you feel when you are describing the potential new opportunity to your close friends and family. When you talk about what the company does, and what your new role will be, are you truly excited? Do you feel like a puppy exploring fresh grass for the first time? Is it difficult to contain your excitement? Especially if you are normally reserved when discussing work, this is a sign that you have found an opportunity that truly clicks with you.

Big picture view

In order to be excited about your job, it helps to know what you want from your career long term, and it is smart to assess those goals periodically to ensure that your plan is aligned with your industry. Do you want to hold a specific senior position in an industry? Keep tabs on the trajectory of that industry. How does the evolution of technology affect your career path? Is there a new sector of the industry that connects with your interests or passion more?

For the rest of the story, read the full article on Forbes