5 Steps you must take before you accept that job

09 Jun 2016 by Sarah Leembruggen.

The pressure of securing the next stage in your career can be additionally intense for PR and Communications professionals, as your decision may be detrimental to your career and reputation if it’s not the right move for you. So make your decision is a good one – here’s a few tips from us.

1. Make an informed decision

If you’re missing facts about the role, the structure of the organisation, if you don’t have a good sense of what the role will look like on a day to day basis, agreed job title or what the weightings of your responsibilities will be – then you’re not making an informed decision, and it’s important you and your potential employer are on the same page from day one. You should be finding out as much as possible throughout the hiring process – if you’re working with a search specialist to help you or applying directly, you need to squeeze as much information as you can about the role and the organisation as a whole. You should be able to envision your place clearly in the team and wider business. If you can’t, don’t be afraid to ask for one final meeting, even if it’s an informal coffee, to make sure you’re happy.

2. Are you getting what’s important to you

Whether it’s benefits, salary, training opportunities, skills development, working for a big name organisation or small entrepreneurial set up – all PR and communications professionals have their own priorities and career dreams. You need to decide whether this offer is really fitting in with what you want out of your next move. Make a list of what’s important to you in your career and then sit down and see if this job matches it.

3. The team fit

Whether you’re entering your new role as a leader or as a team member, you need to have clear expectations of what the working culture will be like, and what you will gain professionally and personally from working in this environment as this is a crucial component to your success and job satisfaction. Before you decide, is there anyone else need to meet in the team? Again, don’t be afraid to request one last meeting.

4. The future

For PR and communications professionals interested in a permanent or temporary move, it’s important if you know that the offer will help you move along your desired career path – whether you will still be with that organisation in a few years’ time, or if you think it will lead you inevitably to where you want to go. If you don’t think the organisation is offering you anything towards your future then the move may potentially not be beneficial or valuable to your career. In the fast-paced and competitive world of PR it’s important to consider roles which will only add to your individual skill set and keep you ahead of the game. Don’t just think what this next role will do for you, but how it will help you afterwards too.

5. Trust your instincts

If you’re not delighted with the offer, or even if there is no glimmer of slow-burning excitement, then this may mean your instincts are telling you that the offer doesn’t suit you. If this happens, it’s a good idea to make a list of pros and cons to see if you can root out where your concerns lie – and then weigh them up. How important is the concern – or perhaps there’s more than one? Is it something which could be rectified or changed six months down the line? Remember to think flexibly. This way you’re balancing your instinctual ‘gut’ reaction with the logical side of your brain – the perfect job should be a mixture of both. At the end of the day – if you’re not feeling excited about your move, you shouldn’t be making it. Remember you have choice and control in your career!

The Works Search specialise in placing mid to senior level PR and communications talent in leading PR agencies and in-house organisations across London, on both a contingency and executive search basis. For our latest roles visit our jobs page, or contact the team on 0207 559 6690 to discuss your career in confidence.

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