I know personally that looking for a new job can be a stressful time. Resumes, skills assessments and multiple interviews can all be tough on us. But, if you are lucky enough to have more than one job offer you can have the added stress of choosing which one is the best fit for you. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good problem to have, but it does take a lot of time and consideration to figure out which one is more aligned with what you want for your future.
Here are a few tips for deciding between more than one job offer.
- Compensation: This includes salary, benefits, stock options, bonuses. An obvious consideration, but not always the most important factor depending on your career and life stage.
- Job security: Is this a good place for your long-term employment? Does the company seem stable and the job reliable?
- Work-life balance: Things to consider is the commute time, the flexibility of the company, the corporate culture and vacation time.
- Opportunities to grow: Check to see if there could be a chance for promotion, relocation (if this is important to you), plus good working conditions, and if they promote professional development.
- Your value to the company: This could definitely be a big part of your overall fulfilment level, so you want to make sure your skills will be fully utilized at your new job. Will you be in your preferred type of job in your preferred industry, or in your preferred company?
- Go with your instincts: When all else fails, trust your own instincts. If you’re leaning towards one job over the other, go with your gut. You’ll be less likely to regret your decision when you go with your instincts.
No one ever thinks ahead of time that they’ll wind up with more than one job offer. And, having to decide between two, or even three, positions will likely catch you off guard. But, just remember to consider all of the details and to look at the whole picture. Accept a job offer with your own happiness in mind.