Decisions, Decisions: Three Tips to Help You Choose Between Job Offers

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So you've been applying for jobs non-stop and working tirelessly to secure your next position.  For months you've heard nothing.  Then the phone rings....  It's an offer!  Then the phone rings again...  It's another offer!  You excitement is immediately trailed by a feeling of anxiety.  Now what?!

 

While landing two job offers can be really exciting, making the decision of which one can take can be super stressful.   You want to be sure you're making the right decision, for the right reasons.  The fear and anxiety of making the wrong choice can linger for weeks or even months. 

 

Here are three things to consider when deciding between two pretty sweet job offers.

 

1.  Your Long-Term Goals

Be sure to consider where you want to be in the next five years as you consider which offer to accept.  Ask yourself, which job might help you land the next gig you want.  One job might provide some skills which are more closely aligned with your long-term goals.  If this is the case, it's worth considering going that route over the other.  

 

2.  Your Current Life Priorities

Where you are in life should factor in to your decision.  Are you at a phase in life where you're open to working extra hours, where travel works well with your situation?  Or, do you have a young family at home and prefer a more consistent, 9 to 5 type gig?  Don't get me wrong, you can totally travel and work long hours with a young family, if that's what you're into.  But be sure to weigh what the job requires from you with what you have to give.  There's nothing wrong with factoring your personal life into a work decision.  You should!

 

3.  The Hiring Manager

There are tons of stats out there that support the idea that an individual's relationship with their manager is a solid predictor of overall job satisfaction.  Depending on the nature of your work, you might be spending a ton of time with this person.  Also consider, your manager will be evaluating your performance and (hopefully) supporting your career progression.  I'd give lots of thought to which manager you might like to work with day-to-day.  If you felt you really clicked with one hiring manager over the other, I'd strongly consider leading my decision that way!

 

Making a choice between two offers is a tough one.  But what a great situation to be in!  You rocked the job search and interview process so well that two companies want to work with you.  Congratulations and good luck making your decision!