As a new year begins, many ponder a job change. What are some key considerations for such a move?

The following scenario is common: A recruiter calls you pitching an opportunity that sounds second to none.

The following scenario is common: A recruiter calls you pitching an opportunity that sounds second to none. You're content in your current role, but this call comes as a bit of an exciting surprise. You listen, keep an open mind, and begin to explore.

It is smart to continually meet new people within our industry. You may just learn that you are actually happier than you originally thought in your present position and may feel an increased level of satisfaction.

On the other hand, after you've completed your exploration, you may be seriously considering a move. If that's the case, there are some key elements to take into account before you resign.

Other than compensation, you must consider the company's stability and reputation. Learn about its culture and how it may differ from your current employer. Also look to identify people who have had a long tenure with that firm and find out if there is strong leadership in place. Look at factors such as internal training and growth potential, as well as the overall benefits package.

Bottom line, you need to wrap your arms around the entire opportunity. Don't just focus on the money, as you are about to embark on what could be the chance of a lifetime.

Julie Biber is US director of recruitment at Edelman.

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