Tips on choosing between multiple job offers

multiple job offers

Looking for a job can be a difficult task. You to go through a lot of steps, each one of them different depending on the company you work for. You have to deal with job interviews, exams, submission of documents, just to name a few. It’s a wonderful feeling when you do get a job offer. And doubly so, if you get offers from more than one employer. But multiple job offers can also cause a lot of trouble for you because of you can only choose one job offer to accept. And this is where doubt can creep in. Are you going to choose the right job for you or are you going to make the wrong choice and potentially miss out on a great job opportunity?

Fortunately, you can do some things to help you choose the right job offer.

First of all, assess yourself. What are the things that you think are important to you? This is a deceptively simple step. Often, we can say what we think is important to us offhandedly. But once we have to take this step seriously, that’s when we realize that we’re actually unsure about the things that are important to us and what are priorities are. Ask yourself – is a higher, more prestigious position what you want? Or do you want a job that will allow you to finish early so you can have more quality time with your family? These are some of the things that you’ll have to think about. You have to be true to what you really feel and not try to convince yourself that you want something when you obviously don’t.

You should look at the whole employment package that the companies are offering. Try to dissect it as thoroughly as possible. Look at the benefits they’re going to give you, the leaves you’re entitled to, opportunities for training, allowances, etc. You should also look at the distance of the office from your home. For example, if you want to get a job that is located farther away because it offers more in term of salary, go and look at how much you’ll spend on a daily basis on the commute.

Go and study the exact responsibilities of the jobs the companies are offering you. Usually, when the job is offered, you’ll only get a relatively vague rundown of responsibilities, and it will be very incomplete especially when you finally start working. Make sure that you have the complete information. You should also find out about how the company handles or takes care of its employees. Is there are clear path for career advancement of job promotions? Is it a company that values and understands family life? You might not get the information you need if you talk to the people who interviewed you or the HR department. Your best bet would be to talk to people who work in the company.

Confer with your spouse. They’re there to give you not just moral support but their valued opinion as well. Discuss it with your husband and wife and try to weigh the value of the job and the realities you’ll have to face if you do accept it.

Finally, always ensure that you leave with a good relationship with the companies you rejected. You wouldn’t want to burn bridges. Talk to them about how much you appreciate the interview and the job offer and that, in the future, you hope to work with them.

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    • Solomon Reed

      Thanks for the advice. I just setup an interview with a company today who is offering less pay and benefits than the company I will be interviewing with two days from now. Wasn’t sure how to properly hold off giving a decision until hearing from the other company, while still keeping the first option open (just in case). For any other job-seekers looking for more information or tips on interviews and jobsearching check out this Executive Recruiting Blog I found. Thanks again! -Solomon

    • Solomon Reed

      Good article. As a staffing and recruiting firm specializing in the finance and accounting industry, knowing which job you should choose can be a tough decision. Start by comparing jobs offers, and know that the answer to your question should not be all about money. For just a minute, forget that money is involved and ask yourself which job offers the most challenge and appeal. If the offers are similar in amount, the long-term challenge could give you much more lasting job satisfaction. You don’t want to select a job in which there are no challenges and no opportunities to learn new skills.We at Burchard and Associates have a Executive Recruiting Blog that focuses on resume and recruiting tips as well as our latest job post “The Tough Decisions: Which Job Offer is Right for You?” Check it out!

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