How to Choose Between Two Job Offers

July 20 2015

So you won the job search war and found a job? Except you didn’t just find one job, you found two. Now it’s decision time. You don’t want to choose wrong for many reasons. After all, the job search can be exhausting. No one wants to be “out there” again- at least not so soon after successfully landing a job. And, if you make the wrong choice, you’ve declined a possible good fit in the process. It may not be the epitome of burning bridges, but you’re not likely to receive the same offer twice.

Here are a few things to consider if you’re stuck choosing between two job offers.

Company Culture

Think back to your interview. What did you notice about the company? Don’t simply reflect on what the company says about its culture or how it describes it, but the feeling you got being there. What did you think of the people? If you enjoyed the interactions and can envision yourself working there, this is a positive sign. If, on the other hand, you found the people dull and the workplace stale and find yourself feeling less than enthusiastic, then it may be a sign that you should take a pass.

 

Salary and Upward Mobility

Look at each job offer and review the salary offer. Identify which company is offering the higher salary, and then look at the upward mobility at each place. The last thing you want is to find yourself trapped, with no opportunity for advancement. That salary may seem advantageous in the short-term, but in the long-term, as inflation rises and your salary remains stagnant, you’ll likely find yourself back on the market. It’s much better to find a job that offers the chance of moving up, than one that will ultimately result in your moving on.

Benefits

What kind of benefits a company is offering cannot be understated. Review each company’s benefits package. Dental, retirement and 401k plans, stock options, health insurance and flexible spending plans are huge incentives. While some smaller companies may not be able to offer robust benefits packages, but the presence of a benefits package can point to stability and market strength, something that is definitely important when making a decision.

 

In the end, above all trust your instincts. Spend some time daydreaming. Imagine yourself at each company. If something seems off or odd, don’t dismiss it. Your future happiness may depend on it. Good luck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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