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Be careful before you sign a non-compete

Finding an ideal position in Texas may come down to a number of factors. You need to be able to demonstrate the skills and aptitude that an employer will require. In addition, you may be asked to sign a non-compete agreement. This is a type of agreement that is becoming more common even for entry-level positions.

Employers use non-competes to protect their interests

Noncompetitive agreement contracts are a very common means used by companies to protect their interests. You may well be required to sign one before you can be employed by a company. The terms of the contract can be very clear or very general.

No matter what the terms may be, the result of violating them will very likely be a legal action filed against you. This is why you need to be very clear on your own goals and aspirations before you agree to sign such a contract. If you have no plans to stay in this position, it may not be in your best interests.

A non-compete can lead to career constraints

There are several potentially negative side effects that may come as a result of signing a non-compete clause in an employment contract. The agreement you sign may prohibit you from working for a competitor in a stated geographical area for a number of years. You may also be barred from using certain kinds of info that you gained while working for them.

It’s a good idea to sit down with an employer to negotiate the terms of a non-compete clause. This will be the best way to define what is and isn’t in your best interests as well as theirs. This type of negotiation can result in an agreement that satisfies the needs of both parties while harming neither.