Having to choose between more than one job offer is never a bad position to be in, but a bad choice can throw your career off the tracks.
Obviously money is one of the main factors people consider when comparing job offers, but it definitely shouldn’t be the only thing you think about – that’s why I’ve come up with a list of tips that should help you decide which of those lucrative job offers you’re going to accept.
1) Find Out About Job Security
When comparing job offers, it’s important to consider the job security that each role offers. Obviously, a permanent job is much better than a temporary one, but there are other ways of sussing out how secure you’ll be in your role.
Do a bit of research online to find out which of the companies have been reported making redundancies in the past few years – this should give you a good idea of how stable the business is and how much importance they place on keeping people in their jobs.
2) Make Sure There’s Room To Grow
While some jobs might sound perfect, if there’s no room to advance or move up in the business then is there really any point in taking it on?
With this in mind, it’s vital to find out if the company supports employees’ growth and progression. Do they help to fund training/courses, and do they favour internal hiring over external?
Even have a look at some of the current employees’ LinkedIn profiles to suss out their journey through the company to give you a good idea of the general progression opportunities.
3) Consider Your Work/Life Balance
Comparing the roles themselves isn’t enough to base your decision on – you also have to consider the effect the job will have on your personal life.
Will the commute create problems with family commitments? Is there a lot of travel involved? Is there a lot of out-of-hours work? These are all questions you have to ask yourself when thinking about which job offer to accept.
4) Think About The Company Culture
Think back to the interviews – how comfortable did you feel with the interviewer? What was the work environment like? Did you get on with your potential boss?
Company culture is a major deciding factor when deciding whether to take a job on or not. Remember: you’ll be sat in the same office with the same people five days a week – make sure you’re happy there!
5) Keep To Your Career Plan
Chances are, if you’re job seeking, you’ve got some sort of a career plan in mind, and it’s vital that whichever job offer you choose to accept allows you to follow that path.
Factors to include are: the field you want to work in, the geographical area you want to live and settle down in and your financial plans for the future.
It’s called a plan for a reason – if it’s really what you want to do, stick to it.
So there we go, some tips on how to choose between multiple job offers – you lucky so-and-so!
What do you think of these tips? Do you agree with them or have a couple of your own? Let us know in the comments below.