The Salary May Be Right, But Is That New Job The Right Fit For You?


Leaving an unsatisfying job for a new opportunity is in theory, a good step. No one should be stuck in an environment where they are miserable most of the time.

Leaving a job for the sake of leaving however, isn’t a smart move. You could end up in the same or worse situation as before.

In the last year alone, I know three people who accepted new jobs or went after new opportunities, only to find themselves scratching their heads after a few months, when the proverbial ‘honeymoon’ period was over.

This is not to say that you should simply stay put where you are, even if you’re unhappy there. I’d be the first person to say “look elsewhere”. Certainly, look but do so with purpose and direction.

Not all opportunities are equal.

Of course they’re not all equal, you know that. In practice however, it is difficult to figure out which ones are the right fit for us, and which ones should be passed over, no matter how appealing these may look.

Often, we rely on quantitative factors such as salary (or client fees, in the case of freelancing or contractual work), benefits, vacation time, and such like, to guide our analysis of a possible new position. We also look at whether it represents a promotion, a step-up, or one that brings opportunities for further advancement.

There are other elements–perhaps less measurable, and therefore potentially more challenging–to factor into our decision making, if we want to be in a better position to pick the right opportunities.

Consider asking yourself these questions when deciding about a new opportunity:

  1. Who will I get to work with? Will I enjoy working with these people?
  2. What new thing(s) will I get to do, if I choose this job? Does this add to or complement my strengths?
  3. What new thing(s) will I get to learn, if I choose this job? Is this something I might be interested in learning?
  4. What will I have to give up if I choose this job? Is it worth it?
  5. What will I have to do to excel in this job? Am I willing to do that?

Find a way to gather enough information during the interview process so that you can answer these questions for yourself before committing or saying “yes”.

Accidentally stumbling into the ‘right fit’ happens, every once in a while, yes. Most of the time, right fits are the result of careful consideration and smart choices.

Lou Blaser is the founder of Second Breaks, and the author of the new book 6 Keys To Your Best Career: A Practical Guide To Achieving Success. 


Share small business news, blogs and social media tips with Project Eve’s community of small business owners and entrepreneurs today. Our contributors come from a wide range of backgrounds; so whether you are a small business owner, social media strategist, financial adviser, serial entrepreneur, or write an amateur blog we urge you to contribute a blog to our 500,000+ community today. For more information, please refer to our Content Submissions Guidelines.

Add a Blog


  1. Howdy very cool web site!! Man .. Excellent .. Wonderful .. I will bookmark your website and take the feeds alsoKI am glad to find a lot of helpful information right here within the publish, we’d like develop more strategies in this regard, thank you for sharing. . . . . .

  2. What i don’t understood is actually how you are not actually much more well-liked than you may be now. You’re so intelligent. You realize thus considerably relating to this subject, produced me personally consider it from so many varied angles. Its like women and men aren’t fascinated unless it’s one thing to accomplish with Lady gaga! Your own stuffs excellent. Always maintain it up!

  3. 256221 23937This really is a superb weblog, would you be involved in performing an interview about just how you developed it? If so e-mail me! 472995

  4. Thanks for any other informative blog. The place else may I am getting that type of information written in such an ideal means? I’ve a mission that I am just now running on, and I’ve been at the look out for such information.

  5. Thank you for sharing superb informations. Your web-site is very cool. I am impressed by the details that you’ve on this web site. It reveals how nicely you understand this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for more articles. You, my pal, ROCK! I found simply the information I already searched all over the place and just couldn’t come across. What a perfect site.

  6. Today, I went to the beachfront with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!

  7. 650686 82596Great beat ! I would like to apprentice whilst you amend your web website, how can i subscribe for a weblog internet site? The account helped me a applicable deal. I had been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast provided shiny transparent idea. 728257

  8. fantastic post, very informative. I wonder why the other specialists of this sector do not notice this. You should continue your writing. I am sure, you’ve a huge readers’ base already!

  9. 764259 57555Outstanding post, I conceive web site owners really should learn a whole lot from this blog its real user pleasant. 893598

  10. Hey there, I think your blog might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your blog site in Ie, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, great blog!

  11. Great beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend your website, how can i subscribe for a blog site? The account helped me a acceptable deal. I had been a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered bright clear idea

  12. 50624 747221This is such a terrific resource that you are offering and you supply out at no cost. I appreciate seeing sites that realize the worth of offering a perfect useful resource totally free of charge. I genuinely loved reading your submit. 267541

  13. Thanks for your posting. I would also love to say that the first thing you will need to complete is find out if you really need fixing credit. To do that you simply must get your hands on a duplicate of your credit file. That should never be difficult, because the government mandates that you are allowed to obtain one cost-free copy of your actual credit report on a yearly basis. You just have to request that from the right people. You can either look at website with the Federal Trade Commission or even contact one of the main credit agencies specifically.

  14. Thanks a lot for your post. I’d really like to comment that the tariff of car insurance varies widely from one scheme to another, due to the fact there are so many different issues which contribute to the overall cost. As an example, the make and model of the car will have a significant bearing on the charge. A reliable old family car will have a more economical premium over a flashy sports car.

  15. Magnificent beat ! I wish to apprentice whilst you amend your web site, how could i subscribe for a blog site? The account aided me a acceptable deal. I had been tiny bit familiar of this your broadcast offered shiny transparent concept

  16. Can I simply say what a relief to find someone who actually is aware of what theyre talking about on the internet. You definitely know how one can convey a difficulty to light and make it important. More people have to learn this and perceive this facet of the story. I cant believe youre no more fashionable since you undoubtedly have the gift.

  17. Thanks for your post. One other thing is when you are advertising your property alone, one of the difficulties you need to be alert to upfront is just how to deal with household inspection records. As a FSBO vendor, the key concerning successfully moving your property as well as saving money about real estate agent revenue is information. The more you understand, the smoother your property sales effort will likely be. One area exactly where this is particularly vital is home inspections.

  18. A motivating discussion is definitely worth comment. I do believe that you need to publish more about this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but typically folks don’t discuss such topics. To the next! Best wishes!!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here