It may seem like a dream position to be in – you have multiple job offers on the table and it is entirely up to you which one to choose. But sometimes, having that choice can make your decision much harder. How do you know you are choosing the right job? Will you end up with buyer’s regret, wishing you had chosen a different job offer further down the line? While there’s no way to guarantee that the job you finally choose is perfect before you take it, there are some ways to help make the choice easier and make a decision that you can be happy with.
Why multiple job offers can be a good thing
Before we start on the decision making process, let’s take a quick look at why multiple job offers can actually be a good thing. Often when we are looking for a job, we find one we think is ideal and will go on to pursue it. But according to a lot of job coaches, this doesn’t always mean you will end up taking the right role. In fact, some recommend having anywhere from six to ten job applications on the table at any one time to give you a better chance of taking the one most suitable for you.
However, these shouldn’t just be any jobs simply to have a range available – you need to extensively research each position on offer and make sure it is one you would gladly take over another if the opportunity presented itself. You want to have a choice between comparable positions or at least jobs in different areas of your expertise or interest. Then you can start the process of deciding which to apply for and after this, which one is the right one to take when an offer is made.
When you are faced with multiple job offers, one of the easiest ways to decide about a role is to look at your potential career path with each one. While not everyone is worried about being promoted or getting more responsibilities, if this is what you seek from your job, then look at this from the beginning. Are you one of ten people at your level with only one position above, held by someone in their middle years who is hanging on for retirement? Then this might not offer you a huge promotional opportunity – but don’t discount the job completely just yet though.
Balance out the wage versus work lifestyle
Getting a big wage is always an incentive to choose one job over another, but sometimes with big bucks comes big responsibilities and tough expectations. If that is for you, then fantastic – but if you are unsure if you want to have your life completely dominated by your job or you really don’t like too much stress at work, then maybe choosing that other role with a lower wage but also a better work-life balance may be the better choice.
Check out the benefits
Another way to make a choice about one opportunity from a number of other offers is to look beyond the wage. You can look at the extra benefits being offered with the position, both in terms of financial and reward systems as well as the workplace advantages. For example, if a company has a particularly good reward system but not the most impressive wage, look at the overall package and weigh up the end value. The way the company works is another factor to consider – company culture and the environment of a workplace can have a massive impact on your life and should be an important part of the decision. Remember that you will probably be spending most of your waking hours at work, so you should make sure you would be happy in their working environment.
Do you like the boss?
While being best friends with your boss isn’t an important job criteria, your gut instinct to the person who would be your boss can help guide you. If you didn’t like them, thought they might be hard to work for or were unimpressed by some aspect of their approach, then think hard about the role. That was your reaction to them for just one short interview – what would it be like working with them for hours every day? On the other hand, if you liked them, felt they had similar ideas and approaches to you and your personalities gelled, then this is a good sign. Of course, people can put their best face on for interviews so don’t use this as the deciding factor.
Make a chart
You can be very methodical about the process and make a comparison chart. Look at the pros and cons of each job on offer and award them a number between one and ten – ten is the most important while one is the least important, for example. Then rate each job on a host of different things. Don’t forget the smaller stuff such as the travelling time or cost of getting to work or where you can park if you drive as car parking can cost quite a bit of money if it is not provided with the job. Look at areas such as the geographical surroundings. Are there facilities close by to get lunch if there isn’t something suitable provided in house?
At the end of your assessment, look at your chart and select the job with the highest score – there is a good chance that this is going to be the best one of the bunch for you.