So you have a “problem.” You have multiple job offers in hand, and you’re not able to decide which one is the best one for you.
What a problem! When faced with such a situation, though, it’s a dilemma that demands solving. It’s no fun to accept a job offer, only to discover that it was a terrible mistake—especially when you had another job offer (or two) from which to choose.
One of the best ways to help you make the correct decision is to ask pertinent questions about each of the offers (and the companies extending those offers). Start with the following four questions:
#1—Why am I changing my current job?
Be clear and honest when answering this question. Whatever the reasons are, which of your current job offers would remedy the situation? After all, you don’t want a new position that’s almost exactly the same as the one you’re leaving.
#2—How will the skills developed in the potential new job impact my next job search?
Odds are this won’t be your last job change, so it’s important to determine if you’re going to learn anything new that adds to your marketability. If the opportunity you’re considering does not afford you the ability to develop new, in-demand skills every year, it could be a dead-end job that will become increasingly difficult to leave as your skills become less and less marketable to other employers.
#3—How will the size and culture of this company impact my goals?
Once again, you should make your choice with the big picture in mind. If your goal is to work for bigger organizations, which offer affords that opportunity? As far as culture is concerned, which one appears to be the one in which you would excel the most?
#4—How are the company and its managers known to treat employees?
It’s a bit tricky to get an exact idea regarding how a manager treats their employees. Social media sites such as LinkedIn can help. Find connections who work or who have worked with this company and its managers in the past. Also conduct some online research to help you make a good decision.
At this point, a little brainstorming might also be beneficial. Take a piece of paper and jot down all of the things that are important to you, such as the following:
- Potential for advancement
- Type of company culture
- Type of work
- Control over the kind of projects on which you’ll work
- Company stability
- Bonus eligibility
- Medical coverage and related benefits
- Anticipated hours of work per week
- Anticipated amount of business travel
Now prioritize your list. Simply number it, with #1 being the most important. Now think about the items and the extent to which each job opportunity would fulfill your prioritized needs.
Remember, risk is an inevitable part of any decision-making process. Good luck!