Oftentimes, especially as of late, executives find themselves in an unexpected transition having not given much thought to “what’s next” given the unforeseen nature of the circumstance. Given the situation, it’s important to take the time to explore and identify what you truly want in a new employer. This assessment will then guide your next steps and the way in which you evaluate offers as they come. There’s much more to this evaluation than the money, additional benefits, and growth opportunity. One of the first things to consider is the reputation of your new boss. What do others say about his or her management style? Would you be a good compliment to this person? Is he or she known for developing and promoting subordinates? Understanding the industry quality and the prospective employer’s position within the industry can also be telling about your future success at the company. Be sure to do your due diligence with regards to the projections that relate to the industry and to the company’s success (both past and projected). Additionally, be sure to consider the level of investment that the company has in its employees as well as in progression. Is management looking to stay on top of trends? If so, are they devoting the appropriate amount of time and resources to the development of their employees and products so as to progress with the industry? Corporate culture is another key factor to keep in mind. Is there an articulated mission and vision statement that the management and employees are aware of and living by? Is there value placed on being involved in the community and being a part of charitable giving? Ultimately, it’s important that you take the time to think about what’s important to you as you explore your options, and to ask the right questions of your prospective employers to ensure that your criteria will be met if you sign the offer.