If you’re like most workers, you’ll switch jobs at some point in your career. Sometimes it’s a smooth transition to a new job. Other times, it can be challenging or outright grueling. One thing is certain in all cases: you’re leaving one job for another in hopes of finding a better situation, so you want to be sure you’re making the right decision.

Here are five things to think about before you make a change:

  1. What Type of Work Environment Will You Have?

It’s important to feel comfortable in the place in which you’ll be working. After all, you’ll be spending many of your waking hours there. Does this workplace appear to suit the way you work? Does it have a welcoming atmosphere?

And what about your future co-workers? Do they look like the kind of people you would want to spend time with every day? Do they seem relaxed and happy in their work? Does the makeup of the workforce indicate that this is an inclusive organization?

While it’s not possible to get a complete picture of the work environment from a brief tour, you can certainly get a sense of it by focusing on these few details.

  1. Will Your New Work Hours Suit Your Present Situation?

Make sure the work hours are compatible with your lifestyle. School-age children could be an issue if your new starting time is earlier than your current job’s. If, on the other hand, you are a morning person, you’ll probably be happier where everyone gets in early. If you prefer to sleep in and feel more productive later in the day, a 10 am-7 pm job might suit you better.

Another important consideration is whether you’ll be required to travel and how much of your week will be devoted to it.

  1. Do You Think You’re a Fit For This Culture?

You’ll hear the term “company culture” tossed around quite a bit these days. It simply refers to the personality of an organization. Do the employees appear to have a singular personality? Are you getting good vibes from them? Do you see yourself fitting in with them? If you can answer “yes” to these questions, it could mean you found the right company for you.

  1. Could This New Job Lead to a Management Role?

What will you be doing at this new job? Is it possible your responsibilities could change or grow in the future? Does the company have a history of promoting from within the company? You want to make sure this new role will support any goals you have for expanding your role or moving into a management position.

  1. Are The Compensation and Benefits Equitable?

Make sure that the salary that is being offered is at the market rate. Is overtime available or required? How about bonuses? There are various ways you can be compensated, so make sure you understand the how, when, and why of your paycheck.

Check out the company’s retirement plan. Is it a 401(k) or a defined-benefit plan? How about insurance coverage, such as health, disability, and life? Are there any other perks that could sway your decision?

Now is the time to decide what’s important to you and to find out if this employer offers it.

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