If there’s a better offer somewhere else, it only makes sense to accept it, right? Not necessarily. Here are five reasons that should make you think twice about jumping ship.

1. Career growth
If you want to build a career, you need to learn to stay put—at least for a little while. How else are you going to rise up the ranks, make valuable connections, and learn as much as you can from experience? However, if you want to take advantage of your maximum earning potential, stay no more than two years. According to Forbes.com, any longer and you may find yourself earning 50 percent less in the course of a 10-year career.

2. Skills development
At first, a better paying job might seem like a good motivator, but some studies show that money actually demotivates employees. “The more people focus on their salaries, the less they will focus on satisfying their intellectual curiosity, learning new skills, or having fun—and those are the very things that make people perform best,” reports Harvard Business Review.

3. Comfort zone
We get it. Sometimes, you just need a change of pace. But that said, change is easier to achieve when you start on familiar ground. “Leave your comfort zone only because you want to. Too often we take on big changes because we’re trying to prove to other people that we can,” says Debbie Mandel, author of Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life.

4. Less pressure
Moving to a new company with a higher pay may sound like a dream, but once you’re in, you’ll be expected to prove yourself within the first six months of your hire. There’s tremendous pressure on your part to either slash company expenses or increase sales. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, reports Fortune.com, but if you make the move, don’t expect to be able to leave the office while the sun is still up—at least, not for the first half of the year. Big things are expected of you and you have to make sure you deliver.

5. Stability
Unless you prove yourself invaluable to the company (see number 4), you may be in danger of losing your job. After all, when companies need to cut down on human capital, it’s the new hires who are always shown the door first.

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