Everyone always thinks that a promotion is a great thing that you’ll obviously take advantage of if offered. Although, that may not always be the best move for your personal life or career. Promotions come in all shapes and sizes. They may be internal (within your current company) or external, in your same industry/profession or not, higher pay or not, or in the same city or not. All of these should play a role in whether or not you should take the position. Below are a few questions you should ask yourself in order to determine if the promotion is best for you.
Is this move best for your family?
This is a pretty difficult answer sometimes, but it is one that needs to be made. Being that you probably are supporting some sort of family (kids, spouse, or just yourself), it’s very important to make sure everyone is on the same page regarding a job change. A job that is great for one family may not be best for another. I know I wouldn’t mind a promotion in another city, but many other people probably don’t want to move outside of the Minneapolis area. Here are a few things you need answered to determine if it’s a good fit for your family.
- Proximity to your home (is it a 10 minute drive or would it require a move?)
- Salary (is it a large increase?)
- Work hours (when will you be required to work and for how long?)
- Other benefits (401k, health insurance, stock plans, etc.)
- Anything else that would affect your family
As soon as you figure out the answers to all of these questions, you should be able to determine if the promotion will work out well for your family. If you’re still undecided, then there’s something else you can ask yourself.
Is this move best for your career?
Family is the most important thing in my life and always will be, but I also think my career is very important. A promotion may seem like it’s always a good move for your career, but that’s certainly not the case. It’s essential that you take a look at your career with the big picture in mind. It may make sense to pass up a current offer if there is another promotion in the near future that’s better. Here are some things to help you determine if the promotion is a good move for your career.
- Is the promotion actually a step up? (are you moving up the ladder or just laterally?)
- Does the job fit in with your career goals? (i.e. if you want to get out of accounting then you shouldn’t take a promotion if it’s in accounting)
- Have you been moving around a lot? (companies don’t like to see a person move around too much, they like to see loyalty and consistency)
- Do you love what you’re currently doing and the team you’re in? (if so, you may want to think twice about jumping ship)
- Will you have good coworkers in the new position? (this may be tough to know, but it can help make your decision easier if you can find out)
Overall, promotions are usually a great thing. They normally come with higher pay (and who doesn’t want more money?!) and a change of scenery which is a welcome sight every once in a while. That being said, taking a promotion may not always be the best move for your family or career. You should make sure that it’s good for both of these before accepting the new position.
What do you consider when being offered a promotion? Would your career track ever be more important than your family?