Many job offers at hand? How to make a decision and select the best!

 

Congratulations! You have managed to bag not one but two jobs at the same time. You can take pride and enjoy the bliss as both companies want you as their employee.

 

However, this is a crucial time as you need to make the right choice. While selecting a job offer requires considerable thought, a hasty decision could backfire. Here are some areas to consider before you say yes!

 

  1. Determine your priorities

 

What matters most to you — location? Job duties? Lifestyle? It’s important to consider your priorities and how well each job would accommodate for them.

 

The most important things to look for in a job offer will depend on where you’re at in your life and career, your top priority could be compensation, or it could be acquiring new skills and experience. Make sure you understand your current priorities as you evaluate job offers.

 

It’s best to start your job search with a list of what you want in the new job. Once you begin to receive offers, you can compare the jobs to your list to see which one best fits your criteria, and then choose.

 

When the offer comes in, you should take time to determine whether it’s about money or more than that. You shouldn’t solely judge the job on the salary,

 

You need to be able to pay your bills and sustain your lifestyle, but taking a job purely based on a larger pay check can set you up for failure and disappointment.

 

  1. The Job

 

Naturally, you will also want to evaluate the position itself and the work you will be doing for 8+ hours per day for the foreseeable future.

 

  • Do you get excited thinking about the work?
  • Does the position allow you to use the skills you most enjoy? How often?
  • Do you believe in the company and its products/services? Are you passionate about making a contribution?
  • What role will you play in the organization? How will you interact with co-workers?
  • Are there any quality of life considerations to consider? Think about commute time, expected overtime, flexibility options, and related factors.
  • Is it important for you to have visibility, leadership, an impressive title? And, to what extent does the position offer these things?

 

  1. Consider the potential workplace

 

The company culture and type of people you work with will affect your day-to-day and long-term job satisfaction.

 

How happy you’ll be overall is the single most important factor to consider, consider the environment and culture of the organization. Is it places where you can advance, and do you feel like you fit in well? If you are not happy at the organization, salary is not going to matter, and you most likely will not perform to the best of your ability.”

 

Think about the following points:

 

  • What type of career path can you expect from taking a position there?
  • Does the company consider the development of their people a priority?
  • Will you be given opportunities to build on your skills and take on stretch assignments?

 

You can determine a lot about how a company both operates and treats their employees, from the interview and offer process.

 

  1. Bring your research to use

 

Before applying for the job, you must have done thorough research about the companies you were interested in. Bring this research to use in order to compare both the companies. Understand their current values in the market, and based on it consider your decision of joining either of them.

 

  1. Learn about the office environment

 

The company’s brand value is definitely an important consideration but the work culture is also equally crucial. Many companies do not provide a friendly enough environment, which can cause you too much stress. There are many online sites where you can read reviews by employees about the company’s work culture.

 

  1. The Stability

 

A lot of organizations are able to impress with their past work or current profits, but take some time to do research on the company’s recent success and hiring activities. Has it been operating steadily during this crazy economic climate? If so, you’re likely looking at a pretty stable job. If not, be careful: you could be walking into a hazardous environment and a job that could be gone within a year.

 

  1. Focus on the perks

 

Varied jobs have their own weaknesses and strengths, so try to base your decision weighing the pros and cons equally. Apart from the salary package, try focusing on the perks being offered – what additional benefits will you gain upon joining a company can be a good deciding factor.

 

So implement this advice and make an informed decision about choosing one job over the other.

 

  1. Future Prospects

 

In today’s job market, no position is forever. With each step you take, you must evaluate how it will position you for the future.

 

  • Will this job keep you sharp?
  • Will the day-to-day responsibilities let you hone skills that will make you even more marketable in the future?
  • Does this position come with increased responsibility?
  • Will working at this company give your resume added credibility?
  • Does the job give you a “foot in the door” to make a desired career change?
  • Will you have access to useful training and networking opportunities?

 

  1. Your Gut

 

Finally, after you’ve weighed the important factors, take time to listen to what your gut is telling you. People often say when they’re buying a house, “when you walk into the one, you’ll feel it.” Same advice here: if you walk out of an interview and everything feels right (or wrong), pay attention to that feeling.

 

( Source: Magzter, businessnews daily, the muse, big interview)

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