13 November 2015

Making moves; Job moves

Career Advice

Salary is always one of the first things on a job advert, but is that really the motivator for making a move when it comes to your job?

We are working in a talent-scarce market place within the Cyber Security sector. This means we are seeing more and more counter offers from existing employers and companies, offering more competitive benefits outside of salary boosts when it comes to securing new talent.

So now, you as a candidate are starting to re-think your motivations for moving. Yes, we all like getting a pay rise. But in actuality do flexible working, shorter/non-existent commutes and career progression outweigh a £5K pay rise?

What are we dealing with?

If you are currently thinking about having a look round, look first at your current contract. You’re probably well aware of what you value when it comes to role and package, but the basics might include:

  • Salary, bonus and commissions
  • Holiday allowance
  • Car and travel allowance
  • Pension, healthcare and life assurance
  • Flexible working

However, make sure you don’t overlook things such as:

  • Onsite free parking / daily commute
  • Onsite facilities
  • Office environment and the people you work with
  • The work itself
  • Recognition
  • Advancement and opportunity for individual and company growth
  • Holiday allowance

Obviously the list above could include some of the motivations of why you are looking to leave, rather than reason to stay.

Why are you really considering a move?

We don’t always move jobs for financial reasons.

In fact, it’s often about career progression and wanting a role where you can make a difference. Some people are willing to take a pay cut for the right role. This is when the above factors come into play, and small benefits can be crucial in deciding whether to accept or decline a job offer.

I am not suggesting you only accept a ‘Google-esque’ working environment or start negating a clause that says “you will be a director in 12 months or else”, but think about why you are even considering a move and in light of this what you need from your new role.

Stop, look and listen

One or more of the above potential sources of job dissatisfaction may have motivated you to start your job search, so you need to consider whether a pay rise from your current employer will solve these issues for you in the long term. Remember that you spend a lot of time at work, so the work you do and the people you work with are key to job satisfaction.

Time to move on?

If you’d like to hear about new opportunities in cyber security, and to discuss what would tempt you to consider a new role, contact the ARM Cyber Security team & follow our LinkedIn page for the latest news.

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