Changing Jobs: Should You Stay or Should You Go?

Published: Jul 18, 2007

With U.S. unemployment fairly low at a level of 4.5 percent in recent months, companies must compete for good workers. For employees, this means more job offers might be coming through -- even for those in a healthy position already. If you're looking to upgrade your career, and have one or more opportunities, compare pay and benefits from each. Ask each employer -- current and prospective -- for a complete, itemized list of salary and benefits for which you are or will be eligible. Then, create a list with two columns, one for each job. Mark the monthly or annual total for each of the following categories in each category. Then add them up to calculate the best financial offer.

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