Top tips for handling difficult career decisions

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Handling everyday tasks in the workplace is often straightforward, but ones that could affect your career prospects sometimes leave you unsure. Phil Sheridan, Managing Director of accounting and finance recruitment agency Robert Half, offers three examples of difficult career decisions you may face, and tips for handling them.

1. Career decision 1: You find out a colleague, who has the same job as you, makes more money

Before immediately going to your boss with your concerns, take this opportunity to do some research first. Consult accounting-specific resources such as online salary calculators and the Salary Guide published annually by Robert Half.

This will give you an idea of what other accounting professionals with skills similar to yours are paid. You can then approach your manager with information that will lend credibility to your request.

2. Career decision 2: You’ve heard from a friend about a potential new job that sounds intriguing, but you’re happy with the job you have

A change may sound exciting, but be sure to compare salary and benefits packages, opportunities for advancement, and company environment before you make a leap.

It’s also a good idea to meet with your manager to discuss your career path and remuneration potential at your current company without mentioning the possible new job.

3. Career decision 3: You have the opportunity to head up a challenging project

Before immediately volunteering, weigh the pros and cons. Is this the best project to help you improve your skills and broaden your scope within the organisation? Another key consideration is: Do you really have enough time given your current responsibilities?

If you are still hesitant, you may want to consider a lesser role instead of spearheading the project. This could still give you the chance to be involved, hone your skills and increase your visibility.

What most workplace dilemmas have in common is that there is no single, obvious way to solve them. Carefully weighing your options can help you feel more confident you’ve made the decision that’s right for you.

Visit Robert Half UK’s YouTube channel for advice on career and salary decisions, or watch the How to Get a Promotion video.

Phil Sheridan works for accounting and finance recruitment agency Robert Half.

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