Play 60-Second Video
When a recruiter comes calling, you should feel pleased but do NOT feel obligated.
Managers and some executives have sidetracked their careers by taking a job that was not a good fit.
Here are three questions you should ask yourself when the recruiter does come calling:
- Is the job compatible with your career development plan? That is, will it offer you the type of experience you need to move to the next level?
- Even if the duties boost your skillset repertoire, does the job offer greater responsibility regarding the total expense budget and the number of departments you will oversee?
- Is the compensation appropriate. Even if the job is a good fit experience-wise, you want to avoid a compensation step back. That will impact your future earnings potential, as in you just invited future employers to underpay you. A lateral financial move should be a worse-case situation. Target a 10 to 15 percent increase
It’s your career. Take charge.