When deciding to move on to a new position, you should consider what ties you to your current job. In some instances, employees may have signed an employment agreement that may restrict his or her ability to continue work in the industry for a certain time. This type of restraint is called a covenant not to compete or non-compete. These agreements are usually extremely broad and cover your work for a competitor who performs substantially the same role in a particular geographical area. While these agreements to have to be narrow in their geographical scope and time limitation, they are allowed to cover the areas where they actually do business. For many large companies, this means that they can restrict your ability to work anywhere in the world where they have a presence. So, before you leave your current job, make sure that you are not restrained by a non-compete.