How can job hunters choose between two jobs? While it’s rare in this economy, it can still happen.
Imagine: After you’ve interviewed for multiple jobs during this week alone, you suddenly get a phone call about a job offer. You’re excited, but you’re also a smart job hunter, so you ask for a period of time to think about it and get back to the caller. Of course you intend to say yes.
And then, out of the blue, you get a second phone call — and a second job offer! After thanking the caller and asking for time to think about this job offer, you hang up the phone and realize you have a major decision to make.
So, how do you choose between multiple job offers?
First, step back and take a deep breath. Having to pick between two jobs is a good problem to have; it means your months of job searching have paid off. Scoring an actual job offer shows you’ve made it through the toughest part of the job hunt, after sitting through interview after interview and applying to multiple jobs. So, congratulate yourself on finally getting that actual job offer!
Then, consider these factors to help choose which of the two jobs would be the better fit for you:
- Use your research. Before any job interview, you should have heavily researched the company with which you interviewed. This means you should already knows what sorts of values the company holds, what they would expect of the person they hire for the position you interviewed for, and so forth. Think back to this research and use this information to begin considering which job you would feel more comfortable doing.
- Think about the office environment and people. When you went in for an interview, you surely got a sense of the office culture and what the people were like at that company. Did you like them? Can you imagine coming to the office five days a week for work?
- Consider the perks. Different jobs have different strengths and weaknesses, including different perks. Does one company have better benefits? Does one offer free meals once or twice a month? Will the commute to one job be a lot longer than the other? These are things to keep in mind when imagining which job will make you feel more at home and less stressed.
- Make a chart. This will help you consider the strengths and weaknesses of the two jobs you have to choose between. Write out the pros and cons of both jobs — and then, to help yourself think, give each pro and con a number based on importance. The job that gets a better overall score is the one that will probably be a better fit for you. If you’re unsure exactly how to make a chart or what sorts of items to put on your list, this article provides in-detail how the chart system works.
- Choose the job that helps you the most. It’s easy to choose money over anything else, but if the job at Company A aligns with your passions perfectly and will help your long-term career goals more than the one at Company B, chances are you’ll get more job satisfaction at Company A, even if it pays less. Can you get by on a lower salary, or do you absolutely need that higher salary offer at this time?
- Trust your gut. If you’re still having problems picking between two jobs, go with what your gut says. We get gut feelings for a reason: it’s our intuitive nature kicking on and telling us what we really want. The job your gut is leaning toward will make you happier in the long-run.