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by Matt Thomas

People 30 years old and younger are unfamiliar with a world where a job was simply a means of putting food on the table or best case, saving for retirement. If you are over 30 then you walked (crawled?) through the 2008 financial crisis and ensuing recession. Those 30-35 entered a hostile job market and probably still remember asking themselves what exactly they went to college for!

Our economy is on quite a run right now with a bull market lasting much longer than anyone expected, and with recession indicators cooling off, it looks to continue for the foreseeable future. In a strong economy, candidates are often presented with multiple opportunities. In the recruiting industry, we see a sharp increase in passive candidate placements. In other words, folks who are not actively looking for a job but are open to new opportunities.

But how should we assess a new opportunity? Especially when we are fairly content with our current job. Here are 5 questions we should ask ourselves when assessing a new opportunity: