Having more than one job offer may seem like a job seekers dream come true but what if you can’t decide which position to go for? In an ideal world, we look for work when the time is right, our ‘dream job’ appears with a great salary and you apply for it and get offered the job straight away. If only it was as simple and straightforward as that. Typically, you end up looking for work when you least expect to and don’t get the job offer when you need it most. But just say you were in the enviable position of having to decide between more than one job – how would you work out which one to take?
Ask for time to decide
Hiring managers know how competitive the job market is and they will understand that you may need time to decide which job is best for you – but don’t ask for too much time though. It’s a fine line between playing it safe and losing the job to someone else who was keen to jump on it. Use the time you have wisely, and this means doing some research on each company. Write down some notes on each position that you can compare with later. Check out each company’s website, blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed, LinkedIn page etc. to get a good feel of the company values and culture.
Consider the pros and cons
I find the best way to compare what’s on offer is to simply get a notebook and write down the pros and cons for each job so you can get a good idea of the ‘big picture’. Things to consider are:
- Job location – do you need a car to get to work or is the job close to public transport?
- Time – how long will it take you to get there?
- Job responsibilities
- Future opportunities – is their room for you to develop and move up in the company?
- Is it a big company or small company – would this make any difference to your future career plans?
- What do you like most about each position?
- Picture yourself in each job – can you see yourself actually doing that job and being happy?
Go with your instincts
So, after you’ve weighed up the pros and cons, you should have a good feel for which job excites you the most. If you’re still unsure, trust yourself and listen to your instincts. You’re less likely to regret your decision if it’s based on what you truly feel is right for you at the time. As Agatha Christie once said . . .
“Instinct is a marvellous thing. It can neither be explained or ignored.”