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Check out 'startup' before making move

Q. Should I consider leaving my job for one in a startup company? I'm not too thrilled with this place and I know my future is limited, but I think it may be more secure than a small company that's just getting off the ground. Even though the startup seems to have solid investors, I'm concerned about the risk.

Ans. You're right to show concern. Before making any move, look carefully at what you are moving to. Check out its funding and track record. In the early 2000s, investors were quick to give them money but that's changed today. Start-ups are much more carefully vetted now. Check out the founders, senior managers, team members, and those investors. Discover their prior experience, successes-and failures. Find out about their customers, the profits. Of course there's a risk. There is a risk anytime you make a change, but it's often easier to get ahead in a small company, and you may have a better chance of getting in on decision-making. The lack of job security at your present company is a big factor. Also consider that even though the starting salary isn't great, you may have more opportunity for advancement. Find out all that before you move.

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