Deciding between two job offers

It feels good that after some struggles and enduring a long period of being unemployed, finally, you’re offered a job! Being offered with a great job is, indeed, rewarding for any job seeker. Now, if a job offer feels that great, how much more being offered with two great jobs?

Well, it sure is a great feeling. However, deciding between two great jobs isn’t. The feeling of being torn between two irresistible offers and yet, you can only choose one. Do you consider job A with a high-paying salary or job B with a fast chance for promotion? Let’s face it. If only we can have it our way, we wanted every opportunity to be a “win-win” situation.

But as we all know, not all job opportunities offered to us are created equal. One may have fat checks but not a single chance for career advancement. The other may boast fast-paced promotions but minus the checks. Going back to the question, how do you basically choose between two jobs? Here are some things that you may want to consider when making the “biggest” decision of your career life:

Your goals and priorities

Okay, so here are two job offers. The first thing that you need to consider is where you’ll be heading. Analyze which of the two offers will bring you closer to your career goal. For instance, you want to be a fashion designer. If you’re offered with a “meaty” merchandizing position and an assistant stylist, certainly you’ll take where the “fat paycheck is.” But considering what you want to be, the merchandizing position won’t bring you nearer to your target career.

Salary and benefits package

There are some who says “forget about the money, it’ll come to you afterwards.” Others would place it first in their checklist. So what is the right thing to do? Actually, it depends on the individual and on the current situation he is in.

If you think that you can get along with the salary and benefits of the job that’s being offered, then that’s a plus. Otherwise, having to work for a job that you want that’s poorly compensated can just demoralize you. Being paid less for the skills that you have can dissatisfy you in the future.

Distance

You also need to consider the proximity of the job to your residence or place. How long would it take you to cover the distance from your future workplace back to your home? Remember that the location of your work can also affect your job performance and eventually your job satisfaction.

Let’s say that job A will consume about 5 hours of travel (2.5 hours for each trip) from your home to your office. Job B on the other hand will consume 1 hour of “road trip.” Basically, job A can exhaust you even before you start working and can leave you drained even before you arrive home. It will also consume your time that can be allotted to non-work activities with your family and friends.

Moreover, longer commutes will consume ample amount of fuel that can possibly eat away your income.

Room for promotions and improvement

A number of individuals leave their work because they see no possibility or chance of improving their crafts. If this is one of the reasons why you left your previous work, then make sure you make it good this time. Try checking with your interviewer to see if they offer any chance for career advancements in their company. If they don’t, try to see if they offer compensation advancements for a job well done.

Which job fits you?

Basically, you need to determine which of the two positions or jobs fits your goals and character. If the reason why you left your previous work is due to lack of motivation and challenge, don’t choose a less challenging position (even if the heavy paychecks are there). Most likely, you’ll leave that job in the future and look for a “challenging position.”

Also, try to consider the appeal of a certain job to you. Does the position interests you? Is it something that you love to do or enjoy doing? One of the gratifying things of working is doing something that you love and making money out of it. Doing a work that you enjoy makes you feel like you’re not working at all. This can lessen the stress that you can possibly feel in the long run.

Examine the company’s work culture

If there’s any chance to meet your “prospective team or work group,” try assessing their attitude and characteristics. Are they easy to get along with? Is there any tension in the workplace? Even as simple gesture as an employee returning a smile counts a lot in evaluating the company’s environment. Observe the person interviewing or dealing with you in the hiring process. Is he very accommodating or grouchy? These simple things can tell a lot about the company. Remember, being contented and happy in your work is as important as your paychecks.

Other extras

Let’s say that both jobs require you to move from your current state to another. If this happens, try analyzing which of the two has better “extra services.” For instance, company A made a lot of effort to find you better accommodations and trainings but won’t cover the cost for your relocation. On the other hand, company B would cover your expenses but you would have to seek your own apartment or house to rent.

With all of these factors discussed, it’s all up to you on what you’ll consider in choosing between two job offers. Just remember not to burn the bridge that you have established with the company that you least preferred. Deciding which of the two jobs to take may be stressful and mind-boggling to say the least. But once you made the right decision, it can certainly be rewarding in the long run.

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