Aug 02, 2022
When searching for a new job, most of us look for the opportunity for a bigger payday – and why not? Money is a classic motivator, but as some of us know, money doesn’t always buy happiness.
When making moves in your career, you should always factor in your salary, but you should also consider these factors.
1. On-the-job training – to stay on top of your game
If you’re not learning, you’re not growing. Working in the medical field, you’re already required to attend or take professional development conferences and continuing education courses. Make sure that your new position makes accessing these requirements easy (and paid for) so that you can stay up-to-date, in practice, and even more valuable.
2. Time off – because you deserve it
Whether they’re called sick days, vacation time, or paid time off, it’s crucial to weigh time off as one of the most significant factors to consider when exploring a new career opportunity. Burnout is real; no matter how much you “love your work” everyone needs a breather to help refresh and restore their wellbeing. In addition, if you have children, a generous PTO plan means being able to take time off for summer vacations and holidays or spending less time scrambling for emergency childcare when your kids get sick.
When considering a new opportunity, make sure the PTO policy is generous. It’s your time you’re negotiating and as we know, it’s your most finite resource.
3. Career growth – because your goals are important
From the moment you start your career, you should have your sights set on goals that you’d like to meet over the course of your career – be it a title, position, or even a salary. Having and achieving these milestones helps keep you motivated and sharp. Remember, every position you take should be a step closer to meeting your goals.
When considering a new opportunity, you should let your potential employer know what goals you’re looking to achieve and ask about how the position will help you meet them.
4. Reputation is everything – especially when it comes to where you work
An opportunity should never cause you to compromise your beliefs and no amount of money should persuade you to work for a company that might not align with your values.
It’s important to research companies or brands and make sure that you believe in their mission. It’s also beneficial to read stories about a company or organization's behaviors. You spend a lot of time working – make sure it’s time spent positively. Remember, you want to work for an organization you would be proud to tell your friends and family about.
5. Flexibility and work-life balance – find what works best for you
Working in the medical field isn’t always going to be easy. You might miss holidays at home because your office stays open year around or you might be called into an emergency when you least expect it. However, there are ways to ensure that you have a healthy work-life balance. Ask your potential employer questions about parental leave, bereavement leave, or creating a schedule that makes it so you never miss your child’s soccer game.
A work life that values your home life is priceless – find an arrangement that works for you.
At the end of the day, money matters. However, it shouldn’t be the only thing that matters. Find a position that works for you in an organization that works with your goals, schedules, and needs.
Need help taking the next step in your career? Inline can help you find the perfect match. Contact us today to start your search.