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2/23/2001

Assess, Plan Before Switching Jobs

Kate Traynor

Better day-to-day activities, higher pay, new home—these are just a few of the reasons people change jobs.

Once you’ve decided to move on, be sure that you’re heading in the right direction.

Before you accept a job offer, find out everything you can about the new organization’s culture, productivity demands, and other issues that will affect your workday, advises USA Weekend staff writer Dennis McCafferty. Also, talk with other employees at the new place; find out whether they seem to enjoy working there. How much time do they spend at work? Once you start working there, will the staffing be adequate to match the workload?

McCafferty also advises against notifying your current employer about the new position until you receive a written offer of employment.

Then, before you leave your current job, tie up as many work-related loose ends as you can. This will help you maintain a positive relationship with your soon-to-be former co-workers. The world of pharmacy is small enough that a former colleague could be your future boss.