The economy is on a steady path to revival and once again, jobs are aplenty. People are confidently searching for new jobs, saying goodbye to old jobs and old bosses. But sometimes, people switch jobs only to regret it later. The working hours may be worse, the boss may be crueler, the work/pressure may be harder and the stress may be much more. If this happens to you, is there a way to go back to your old job? Sadly, it is not possible for most people to go back to their old jobs. It is very important to make a very careful and conscious decision when you decide to switch jobs.

There are many factors that come into play, and you must pay attention to each of them, in order to ensure that you do not make a mistake by accepting a new job offer. Here is a checklist of things to think about before you sign on the dotted line and put in your papers at your old job:

1. Do Your Homework: Complete a background check on the company before you even think of accepting a job offer. Experts advise carrying out a background check even before you appear for the interview. This helps even during the interview.

2. Network With Employees: Try to look up the people working in the company in question. You can use your contacts or social/professional networking websites to be introduced to these people. Ask all questions about the company that you think are pertinent for the job at hand.

3. Visualize Career Growth: Try to visualize the way your career would shape up if you took up this job. Check with the HR managers about the company’s policies, if need be. Does your visualization look anything like your career plans and goals you have set for yourself?

4. Read The Fine Print: The golden rule of not signing anything that you have not read, works here too. Do not sign the offer letter without reading each and every word of it with full comprehension.

5. Missing Parts?: Do you find anything missing in your offer letter? Were you made any offers and promises that have conveniently been left out in the final offer letter? Have them all mentioned in the offer letter before you sign anything.

6. Bound?: Does the new job bind you with a time-bond? You might want to reconsider accepting the job if it involves signing a bond. Pay attention to the time period and the amount of the bond. If it is too much, you may have to force yourself to stick around even if you absolutely hate the job. The bond amount and the bond period can both be negotiated.

7. Giving Up: While weighing the benefits of accepting a new job, don’t forget to weigh the cons of leaving your old one. Are you due for a promotion or a raise? If you stay in your old job, how will your salary/position compare to the new job in 6 months? compare the work pressure, responsibilities and opportunities before you decide.

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