Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. Steve Jobs
Microsoft Dynamics 365 professionals will move jobs several times in their career, for better opportunities and for money. LinkedIn recruitment consultants are sending job offers showing candidates what companies are willing to pay for their experience.
What should you consider when evaluating job offer’s? why should you take one job offer over another?
We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
In this article Job Hopping Is the ‘New Normal’ for Millennials: Three Ways to Prevent a Human Resource Nightmare has a great quote
Ninety-one percent of Millennials (born between 1977–1997) expect to stay in a job for less than three years, according to the Future Workplace “Multiple Generations @ Work” survey of 1,189 employees and 150 managers. That means they would have 15–20 jobs over the course of their working lives!
Manage your career because if you don’t then you are leaving the responsibility to others. The company you work for doesn’t have the same priorities or vision for your career as you do. You need to do what’s best for your career.
Identify your dream job and work out
- What skills and experience do you need for that job
- Who do you need to network with
- What is the career path to get to the dream job
People struggle to come up with an answer or don’t know their dream job, the following questions can help
- What roles have you enjoyed working in?
- What roles don’t you like?
- What parts of the job do you enjoy?
- Do you like the technical side or the people side?
- What job do you see yourself doing in 5 years, 10 years?
Once you identify your dream job you can work backwards and plot your route and make a plan. Use this information with you current employer and work out ways they can help you get the relevant skills and experience in your yearly appraisal.
Don’t just move for the money
Know the average wage for your position and your experience. LinkedIn job offers you get sent should give you a good idea of what the average wage is.
Knowing your worth and the average wage is a useful negotiating tool for a new role or with your existing company.
Ask the question — This is the average wage for my role and experience, this is the wage I would like, how can we make this happen?
It gives an anchor to the discussion and offers an impartial view of an average wage in the industry. If you move somewhere which is paying below the market average then you could get more if you moved somewhere else.
Money is important and make sure you are getting the going rate for you position but money won’t make you happy in a role.
Money isn’t the most important factor, unless you find out someone in the company is getting paid more than you for the same role #HoskWisdom
Money will stop motivating you and there are many other aspects of the jobs which can make work enjoyable.
You are at work at least 8 hours a day, try to ensure you are doing work you enjoy.
What to consider on job offers
When you have a job offer(s), compare the job offer(s) with your current job. I like to make a list of the pro’s and the con’s of each position and give them a value between 1–10. I use a general list (below) and add extra points if they are relevant.
Lists allow you to compare different roles using the same criteria and give more points to factors important to you.
This list below is useful as a guide to help you create some questions for the company before your interview.
Role is important because what you will do and the experience you will get from the role.
compare salary and benefits
What is the potential for career progression, what is the companies view of promoting internally? How do your bosses see your potential and future at the company?
What experience will you get in the role, what projects you will work on. Experience can be measured on project size, role, technologies used.
What is the culture of the company? does it fit with how you like to work and your values.
Location is important because if you can reduce commuting time you will save hours of your life you can spend with your family, friends or doing something else
Do you want to work for a big company or a smaller company? This will effect your impact on the company, in a small company you will have responsibility because there isn’t anyone else to do it.
Larger companies have bigger resources and usually pay better but you will be a small fish in a big pond.
How is the team structured?
What is the potential to learn at the company? Is there training material, will you go on training courses? Are there senior professionals for you to learn from?
This blog has some other factors to consider
List done, then what?
Once you have created the list, score for each role and this can give you something to think about.
Sleep on the decision and see how it looks the next day.
Do some research on the company and see if anyone in your network has worked there or is working there, they will give you a firsthand account of what it's like.
Talk the decision through with people in your network, other people can give you a different perspective on your options.
Finish a role the same way you start it with enthusiasm and effort. You will be asked for a reference and you may work again with the company or people. People who leave jobs badly are not easily forgotten.
- Why do people stay in boring jobs?
- Why People Really Quit Their Jobs
- Microsoft Dynamics CRM Developer Interview Questions
Article originally appeared on my wordpress blog How to evaluate job offers for Microsoft Dynamics 365 roles