Before You Sign On The Dotted Line…

A pen poised to sign on the dotted line

You are at a great advantage. You’re in a position where through years of experience you can create a real difference in your area of work. Now you just have to find an employer who turns your experience into opportunities, for the organization and for you. You need an employer who will help you grow.

More often than not, it is considered far easier to find a fit and get avenues for growth at junior levels than at senior. However, growth is not confined to your job or linked to monetary growth. It has a lot to do with satisfaction that fuels your energy to truly rise to your own potential. That’s why you want to know whether you can really contribute before you sign the dotted line.

Crucial factors for you to consider to see if there’s going to be growth in this new job:

1. Corporate Values

We all identify with a particular organization because of the values it embodies. Sometimes, the culture it entwines in its root is simply not your piece of cake. Above all, your belief system will have to be in tandem with the organization as a whole if you are to fit in as a big cog in this organizational wheel. A minimal amount of change is necessary, but to change your personality entirely might not feel comfortable.

2. Accountability For Results

Is there accountability in the organization for the good and the bad? Who takes the responsibility for the misses and who shares the credit for the wins? The answer to this question will decide the fairness of the organization’s ability to make decisions.

Many times the hierarchy does not allow the people at the lower level to awarded credit for their hard work. Since their responsibility is to solely report to their manager, it is the latter that get the credit for coming up with the idea. Teamwork is sometimes confined only to when your colleague under-delivers. Would you like to work in an environment like that?

3. Board Support

At your position, the board and its decisions will impact you, even if you are not directly answerable to them. Ask – How involved is the board? Who are the people on the board? What do they believe in? Will I be as vital to them as their own employees?

One cannot deny the fact that the organizations tend to favor the old workers over the new ones, regardless of how scholarly or experienced they may have been. Invest in a company that you know will have rational and respectful seniors.

4. Mutual Trust And Respect

You and your employer are both stalwarts in a way. Work where you are respected and trusted for what you have achieved in the past, giving you enough freedom to do things your way – in keeping with your experience and leadership style.

There in understandable skepticism regarding a new employee taking over, or being allowed into important decision-making of the company. However, they need to remember that they did hire you for a reason, and that it is only wise if they let you go forward with it.

5. Clear Communication

Your role may be very specialized or very wide, but an employer who is clear about what is expected from you will set the relationship on the right course. Knowing your responsibilities will also help you visualize the goals you can achieve and go for them.

Dissatisfaction with your work should not lead to juvenile grudges or an oath to vengeance- it should be dealt with respectfully by talking it out, discussing the problem, and mutually working towards a solution.

Most employers value experienced hands and depend on them, often giving them special treatment. It’s time for you to evaluate whether the culture and policies at your new employer will translate into a growth plan for you!

Rahul Malhotra
Rahul is the Co-Founder and CEO at HeadHonchos.
He has close to 14 years of experience across the executive search, recruitment, retail and internet verticals. One of the first to come on board, he holds an MBA degree from IMI, Belgium and a Diploma in Information Technology from Swinburne, Australia

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