It might not happen often, but sometimes you’re fortunate enough to have two job offers from which to choose. It may sound like a nice problem to have, but it is a problem nonetheless — and usually not a simple one.
So, how do you choose? First off, take a deep breath and promise yourself you won’t make an emotional decision. Since it could have ramifications for your long-term happiness, it’s important to be objective. Making your choice deserves as much rational thought as you can muster.
Here are a few suggestions for approaching your quandary and coming up with the correct choice:
Get as much information as possible
The devil is in the details (or so they say). Make sure you have studied both offers from every angle. Comparing salaries is not nearly enough to be able to weigh the two offers accurately. Ask for clarification if you are unsure about anything, even if it seems minor at the time.
Decide what’s most important to you
Before you start comparing, identify the items in the total package offer that will have the biggest impact on your life. Does an extra week’s vacation light your fire or would onsite child care solve a dilemma for your family? Rate the benefits in the order of their importance to you. It can make your choice easier.
Make a side-by-side comparison
Pull up the spreadsheet (or get out a notebook) to begin the next phase of the decision-making process: evaluating both offers. Now that you know what’s important to you, you can start comparing. Here are the items you’ll be looking at:
- Your starting salary, along with signing and performance bonuses
- The hours you’ll be working
- The length of your commute
- Your costs for health insurance
- Vacation, holidays, and personal days
- Opportunities for advancement
- Your impressions of your potential supervisor
- Each company’s reputation
- Any extra perks
Don’t dismiss your gut feelings
While you don’t want to be making this decision strictly on emotion, don’t ignore any gut feelings you picked up during your interview. Was there an invisible black cloud hanging over the office or shop as you toured it? Did your prospective boss make you feel uncomfortable by sharing negative tidbits about some of the workers?
If you’re getting bad vibes from your interview, your gut might be telling you that you’re about to be walking into a toxic work environment. Don’t dismiss it!
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