What Factors Influence Your Choice Of A New Job?

It isn't news that most of us would like to earn a decent salary. However, the pay is rarely the sole motivation for choosing a new job. What other considerations come into play if you're thinking about taking up a new position?

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A survey of 3,000 Australians by AskMen ranked opportunities for career growth as the most important factor in choosing a new job, followed by a good work environment and then salary. I'm wondering how that matches up with Lifehacker readers:

What factor most influences your choice of a new job?

Feel free to expand on your reasoning in the comments.


    Basically the lack of any future promotions in my current career for at least another 10-15 years is very depressing. This has just kept mounting to the point I consider my job "hellish" and will do almost anything to leave.

    That and the fact that I'm over the 2.5 hours of commuting to and from work every day. Location location location, ey? I will take a lower paying, more boring career if it means I'm closer to home and thus have more time to do what I want after hours. At present I have to wait until the weekend to do anything.

      +1 for location. Easily one of the most important factors.

      +1 of location. I spend 2.5 hours in driving a day as well. Along with working a 10 hour day

      +1 location. I stayed at my last job far longer than I should because I couldn't give up living 50m from work.

      I'll eventually leave this job because there's nowhere to go from here - I love the job, the perks, and the people, but at some point you're just not learning anything new.

    Moar money. As a part-time photographer and web designer, and full time helpdesk operator with bills to pay and a single income, saving money is hard. So a little extra per week would be awesome.

    Doing something that actually is self satisfying/rewarding and also challenging. Also doing something only a few people in the world do is a pretty cool thing as well.

    There's so many reasons to choose each one but to add a different aspect on things, as a undergrad, it'd definitely be work environment/career benefits. Sure there's some times where I'd really want the money (read: poor uni student) but at the end of it you realise that ultimately want that desire to go to work. Who cares if you're earning $150k first year out, if you have to work in poor conditions I wouldn't see it as a good job by any means.

    Not surprisingly, "work environment" is scoring highly. It is life hacker, after all - the site for people who like customising their environment (including in various metaphorical ways...)

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