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How To Decide Between Two Job Offers

As the unemployment rate falls to a record low, job seekers are finding themselves with not only one, but two job offers to choose from. And as more positions become available and less candidates enter the market, this trend will continue to grow.

If you are one of those lucky job seekers, congratulations! Receiving multiple job offers can be exciting, but it can also leave you with a tough decision to make. If you don’t take the time to thoroughly think about your offers, you could accept a role you end up regretting. Below are a few tips to guide you towards the right job for you:

Determine which role will bring you closer to your career goals

One of the most important things to consider when choosing your next role is whether it will help you advance your career. Try to determine which offer would give you the career growth you are looking for as well as the skills you’ll need to move up in your line of work. For example, the position that pays less in the short-run but offers more room for growth, might be the better option for you.

Consider the company culture

The role and salary shouldn’t be the only factors to contemplate when choosing the right offer. You’ll also need to consider which company culture would be the best fit for you. Since an organization’s culture can have a major impact on the work you do as well as your overall happiness and health, you’ll want to choose the place where you feel the most comfortable.  To do this, try to recall the office environment when you interviewed at both companies. Does one company culture fit with your personality more than the other? If so, it’s something you’ll need to consider.

Think about your future team and manager

Your prospective team is another factor that should help you decide which role to take. Since you will spend most of your day with these people, you’ll want to make sure you can get along with everyone on your team. Think back to your interviews and when you spoke with your potential colleagues and manager. How comfortable did you feel talking to them and how well did you get along with them? If you seemed to click with one team over the other, you’ll need to factor this into your job decision.

Compare overall compensation and benefit packages

You don’t want to get caught up solely in your salary when you are making your final decision. You’ll need to look at the overall benefits each role is offering you. Review each companies’ bonus opportunities, 401K offerings, medical benefits, and educational opportunities. It may be helpful to write down the components of each compensation package to help you compare.  You may find that the company offering a lower salary might be able to make up for it through a stronger benefits package.

Follow your gut

A pro/con list can only do so much if your intuition is leaning you in one direction. This is especially true if both organizations stack up similarly in terms of career growth and compensation. Whether you are leaning towards one organization or you have concerns about a specific role, listen to your gut. You have the luxury of choice!