So how do you decide whether an opportunity is worth taking? Very carefully. And it all begins long before you get your offer. After all, your job is where you are going to spend the majority of your waking hours.
"For the employer, it's a commercial decision," said Kim Seeling Smith, founder and CEO of human resources training and consulting firm Ignite Global. "For you, it's a life decision, so you have to put a lot of thought into taking the next opportunity."
The first thing you should do when approaching a job hunt is figure out a three-year career plan, said Seeling Smith. This process should involve evaluating your personal goals, your career values, and your strengths and weaknesses. If you've figured this out, you can more easily determine whether your next job offer is the right step to take.
Next, you have to assess whether the company and job are a good fit for you. Ideally, you'd already know plenty about the position and the employer before even submitting your application.
Check websites such as Glassdoor and Vault to get an insider's take on the company. Also try asking employees for the scoop. If you don't know anyone personally, see if you have any connections to the firm through LinkedIn.
"Talk to other people that work for the company, and insist on meeting the team," said Seeling Smith. "Find out what the company culture is really like and what their career opportunities are like as well. Do as much due diligence as you can."