Choosing Between 2 Offers


Are you lucky enough to have been offered 2 jobs at the same time? Congratulations for this. All your hard work with job search has (finally) given a gain. But when the celebration is over, you have suffered a dilemma to be solved - and I guess it should go strong.

When it comes to choosing between two jobs, how do you make the right choice?

We can't choose for you, but would like to give you six tips for comparing the 2 job offers, so you can easily choose the option that gives you the most satisfying future.

1- Consider how each job is in line with your long-term career goals

For the job interview, you have proven that you're the most obvious person to the role, but instead of focusing on what you can do for the business, now consider what each company can do for you.

Review everything you learned about the job, organization and culture during the interview process and style yourself the following questions:

- Which job still matches my career goals?
- Does a job have more opportunities for growth than the other? (and is it important to me)
- Which job will challenge me?
- What job gives me the chance to learn new skills? (and can I take them with me / use them for later posts)
Consider which position has the most weight and choose the one that will get you where you want to go.

2- How much does salary pay for personal satisfaction

Of course, pay isn't the only important factor. Personal satisfaction is also crucial. So what happens if the job you don't really want will pay much more than you would prefer?

If this is the case, consider whether a higher salary will be a job you may not be happy with. Of course, there is a sense of security in getting more money between hands (and you may not be able to afford it) to say no) but if you get bored / mistaken 37 or more hours a week, a higher salary might not compensate for it.

Decide on your desire job, not necessarily for the money, but for how close the offer is to your values. Alternatively, you can also try to negotiate a higher salary home from the job. Practice your bargaining tactics, research salary levels and find out if you can increase your earnings or get other better benefits.

Of course, if a salary is so low that you don't want enough for your monthly budget, then you have to choose the other until your options change. But if both wages meet your basic needs, can you be better off going after the most satisfying work?

3- Assess the culture of each workplace

Many recruitment managers assess a cultural match between you and the workplace, during the actual interview. They want to make sure you fit well. But you also have to decide if each company fits well with you.

If you've ever been in a toxic work environment, you know how tiring and tiring it can get worse. Even if you love the company's mission (and brand?), you'll lose the "spirit" of an unpleasant workplace. The ideal workplace has a comfortable culture that makes you feel valued and at the same time challenged.

When choosing between two jobs, you need to research a little more about the culture at each workplace. You can ask your interviewer about it, or hear the current employees and of course check their profile on social media etc.

Find out what you're looking for (and be honest with yourself!) It's a teamwork culture, independence, flexibility or new challenges. Then choose the company where your personality matches best

4- Compare your two potential leaders

Have you ever heard people quit because of the manager, not companies? It's not quite next door. Your direct leader has a great influence on your experience - and everyday life in the workplace.

A bad leader can make you lose motivation or even want to stop. While a good leader will motivate you, and help you learn and grow. Making sure you have the right person over you is important, specially if you're new to the labor market.

Your manager can even act as a mentor figure leading you to your professional development. When choosing between two jobs, it's therefore important that you familiarize yourself with your potential new managers.

You might ask how they help new employee transition to the role or other mentors available. Or you can talk to current employees about their experiences with the manager (be aware that not everyone has the same expectations for a manager).

5- Imagine a typical day in each role

If it's still not obvious which one of the workplaces you should choose, it's probably because both positions have advantages and disadvantages.

One way to cut through the confusion is to set a typical day in each role. When you make your list, ask yourself these questions:

- What should I do every day?
- Who should I interact / work with?
- How to harmonize the job with my privacy and my family
- What is my commuting?
- How is my physical work environment, is there enough light / quiet / opportunity for movement etc.?
- What are my options for lunch?
Make 2 comparison lists - 1 for each position. Having everything printed out in front of you can help you see what you really weigh the most.

Consider all the details on a typical day of work. Close your eyes and imagine yourself going through the day. If the two jobs are the same in all other respects, your choice may be settled in a (perhaps) smaller detail, such as shorter commuting

6- Trust your intuition

Once you have done your research and your lists, you step back / sleep on it and check in with your inner voice. Ask yourself:

- Should my lists "push" me against a job or the other?
- What job excites me?
- What does my instinct tell me to do? Trust yourself! You know you and your work preferences better than anyone else. If friends or family encourage you to go against your desire, because an opportunity may seem more prestigious, but at the same time you know you would be happier with the alternative, trust yourself. It's you who has to work there.

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