In a recent post I wrote about how to cope when you don’t get offered a job that you want. Now I’d like to explore the opposite situation. What can you do when you’re in such high demand that you need to decide between two great job offers?
Even if it’s one of the good problems to have in life it’s good to be prepared.
Here are some points to help you compare:
- Forget the money: To make sure that you’re choosing the right job for the right reasons, look beyond your pay-check. Ask yourself: “If I did not work for money, which job would I choose?” Which job is more in line with what’s important to you and what you’re drawn to? The more in line your job is with those two things, the greater your chances are of staying motivated for longer and being better at your job.
- Stretch your time line: What do you find when you look beyond the role you’re being offered? Are there areas within the company that interest you and that you could get involved further down the track? In which company is there more room for growth?
- Launch pad: Which role offers you a more solid foundation for your career? Look at what each company has to offer in terms of training and other professional development opportunities. For example does either company have a mentoring program?
- The green test: Which company scores higher when it comes to contributing to the community and lessening their impact on the environment?
- What are the minds like: If you get a chance, meet your future team. Do you sense that they are like-minded? If it’s within your role to work with clients, how like-minded are they?
- The car trip test: If you were to go on a road trip with one of your future bosses, which of the two would be the easiest to get along with on an 8 hour road trip? With which one would you have the most fun? Who would teach you the most?
- Push your limits: Which role would challenge you the most? I’d go for the one that stretches me the most. After switching jobs 12 times in 10 years, I know that after 3 months you’ll start to feel at home.
- Role models: Because you’re only as good as those you hang out with on a regular basis, make it a point to find out if there are people within either company who are worthy of imitation.
Okay, now lets talk money. But only after you’ve weighed up everything else. Otherwise you risk being blinded by money and missing out on all the other things a job can offer. It has been my experience that the unquantifiable rewards of a job have benefited my career the most in the long-term.
I’d LOVE to hear what you think.