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When job offers are like buses…

Someone close to me recently was faced with a dilemma- after months of job hunting they had two job offers! If this isn’t a situation you have been in before you might be thinking, “What’s the big deal? It’s great to be in demand!” Because what can be more flattering than multiple offers and the ability to choose?

But for those in that position, or who have faced it in the past you’ll know the struggle is real. How do you even go about making what can be a life changing decision, especially when both roles appear on paper to be identical?

You might be tempted to simply go for the one that pays highest, which is great, but there is a lot more to think about and consider before making the decision.  It’s important to step back and think things through logically before jumping to a conclusion. Here are some things worth considering:

1. Career Progression and Growth

Let’s be honest, one of the key reasons people start looking elsewhere is for career progression and the chance to grow professionally. You should ask what the typical career path is for someone in this role, what opportunities are there for training, promotion, to get involved with projects and develop professionally. If the job at Company A aligns with your passions perfectly and will help your long-term career goals more than the one at Company B, chances are you’ll get more job satisfaction at Company A—even if it pays less. Can you get by on a lower salary, or do you absolutely need that higher salary offer at this time.

2. Your Potential Manager

Ever heard the expression “Don’t pick a job, pick a boss?” You spend the majority of your time at work and will be working very closely with your manager; they will be the ones who trust you with new projects to work on and will help your progression. Think about your future potential manager, do they appear to work in a way in which you enjoy? Are they someone you could see yourself working with and thriving under?

3. Company Culture

At interview you would have had the chance to get a sense for the company culture, what your colleagues were like at the company. Did you like them? Can you imagine yourself spending 5 days a week at work with them?

4. Trust Your Gut

You can ask as many family and friends for their honest opinion but deep down you will have a gut feeling which one sounds better and is a better fit for you.

Most importantly, don’t be rushed into making a decision. A good company, one that you will want to work for, will acknowledge moving jobs can be a big, life changing decision and will give you time to consider your options.

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