Choosing Between Job Offers? Here’s What You Need to Consider

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choose between jobsWhen you choose between job offers, look at these factors.

Choosing between job offers is a problem many people would love to have. However, it actually is an issue you should approach with careful thought and deliberation. Here are a few things you need to consider.

1. What are the big-picture scenarios? Many people accept new jobs because of high salaries and/or challenging duties. However, when choosing between job offers, look at the culture of the company, your chances for progression and how your work-life balance preferences match with the requirements of the job. Ask where you want to be in one year, five years and even 10 years. Think further ahead, too. Which job do you think you will be happiest in? No factor, such as length of your commute, 401(k) matches or tuition reimbursement, is too small not to consider.

2. Do any red flags pop up? Research serves you well when you mull over job offers. Chat with current employees, former employees, and investigate common complaints from customers. Also check news sources and LinkedIn for mentions of your potential employers. If matters pop up that give you pause, investigate them before committing to a company.

3. What is your opinion of the person you would report to? As many people know, your direct supervisor can make or break a job experience. Think about your potential supervisors’ personalities, backgrounds and management styles. Include these people in the research you do on their companies.

4. Create a spreadsheet with the factors you are considering. Common factors include possible career track, 401(k) vesting, direct supervisor and commute length. Include 10 to 15 factors, and assign each a rating from 1 to 5 on how important it is to you. If you love short commutes, you might assign a 4 or 5 to commute. Rate the jobs you are considering for each factor; if Job A has an hour long commute, give it a 1. If Job B has a 15-minute commute, give it a 4. Add the weighted ratings, and total the jobs to see which scores higher.