During your job search, the idea of landing a job is probably a dream come true.
Whether you’re worried about finding a job that aligns with your career goals or one that simply makes ends meet, landing a job isn’t an easy task. However, if your dream becomes a reality and you receive a job offer (or three!), what do you do next?
While multiple job offers can seem like the best thing to happen during your job search, you now have to make a decision — which offer do you accept? From salary and location, to the job responsibilities and company culture, you’ll have to decide which position is the best fit for you.
Deciding between multiple job offers doesn’t have to be stressful. If you take the time to weigh your options, you can end up making the best decision for your career. Here are some helpful tips to guide you in the direction of accepting the right job for you:
1. Consider the location.
When you compare both jobs, take a look at locations and if they’ll have an impact on your daily routine. Will either position require you to relocate to a new city? Are you going to have a new 45-minute commute? Or will you have the opportunity to work from home? Location is essential to choosing the right job. Pay attention to the location of each job and determine if there will be any extra costs involved with accepting the position.
2. Ask yourself: Does the position match the lifestyle I want?
The biggest mistake job seekers make when accepting a job offer is not thinking about whether or not the opportunity aligns with their career goals and lifestyle. When accepting a job offer, you must make your needs a priority. If you accept a job that doesn’t fit your lifestyle, how are you going to find the motivation to excel in the workplace?
During your decision making process, make sure you are considering your personal needs such as work-life balance, schedule, and of course, salary. These factors will help you determine which job will satisfy your personal and professional life.
3. Take an inside look at their culture.
Company culture can tell you a lot about a position before you accept it. It’s important to explore the differences between each company so you can have a better understanding of what each job has to offer. Consider questions such as, if you have to work over-time, do you want the flexibility to work on a laptop from your home? Does the employer withhold values that align with yours? By asking these questions about each company’s culture, you’ll be able to determine which job is right for you.
4. Look at room for growth.
Whether or not this is a priority for your career, you should look at the opportunities available for promotions and decide if they fit your into your career goals. If job growth is something you desire, make sure you choose the position that gives you the opportunity to move upwards in the company. On the other hand, if you want to find a job where you can have the same position for the next 10 years, you’ll want to consider that, too.
5. Opportunities within the workplace.
When you accept a job offer, you want to make sure the position fits your career goals. Accepting a job just isn’t about having a higher salary or great perks, it’s about the learning experience, too. Determine if the company provides you with opportunities for professional development and training in the workplace. If continuous learning is an important element for your career goals, make sure the position you accept meets those needs.
6. Follow your intuition.
The bottom line is only you know what opportunity is the best fit for you and your career. During your job search, you have to trust yourself and your decision making process. Regardless of which job you choose, this decision is for you. If you’re having trouble deciding between job offers, try picturing yourself with each company. This can give you a better idea of which position is the best option for you.
7. Take a look at the bigger picture.
After you gather information about the different companies, it’s time to decide which job is the best option. Although salary and benefits might be the biggest factors, you need to pay attention to the smaller details. Regardless of how much an employer can pay you, if you don’t like the company’s culture or it doesn’t fit your lifestyle, then chances are you won’t be happy with the job.
You’ll never know when you’ll end up with multiple job offers during your job search. However, if this does happen to you, don’t let it catch you off guard. Be sure to consider all of the details and how they fit into the bigger picture. This is your job search and your career. Choose the path that’s best for your goals and you’ll be on your way to a rewarding career.
Have you had multiple job offers before? What helped you during the decision making process?
About the Author: Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for job search and human resources technologies. She is also the instructor of Find Me A Job: How To Score A Job Before Your Friends, author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships (2011) and #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010), and writes career and recruiting advice for numerous outlets.