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How to Choose Between Job Offers


It’s always a great feeling to receive an actual job offer after a long job search process! But what happens when you end up receiving more than one offer? We often see our best jobseekers in digital and comms offered 2 or even 3 roles around the same time, and it can be a really tricky decision for them.

WHERE DO YOU START?

  • Research: When multiple job opportunities come along, you need a strategy. Both offers may look great on paper, but it’s important to think back to all the information you received about the opportunities during the interview stage: mentors and training, progression, perks and benefits, the team you’d be working with. If there’s anything you’re still not sure of, do as much research on each offer/company as you can.

  • Reflection: Reflecting on what makes you happy/unhappy in your current position will go a long way in making sure your next move will be a positive one.

  • Reasoning: A higher wage with one company is one of the more obvious ways to make a decision, but sometimes people get caught up with the concept of more money and forget to make sure all the other requirements of a job are being met. If you took money out of the equation, which job would you be more drawn to?

WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES?

  1. Focus on the future: What does each opportunities offer for the future? Weigh up the company's training, promotions, benefits, and pay as a whole - you may find you’re willing to sacrifice more money for better training or mentorship, that will result in better benefits and pay in the long run.

  2. Look at the company culture of each job offer. The company's culture and your relationship with management matters. Check out the company's LinkedIn profile, their mission, reviews on jobadvisor or Glassdoor, or even their facebook page.

  3. Get advice from coworkers, friends, and family. Ultimately you make your own decision but it won’t hurt your decision-making process to talk it out with someone before you choose. Talk to people in your network who are familiar with the companies offering you jobs.

  4. VERIFY your critical priorities with each opportunity. Identify what aspects of a role are critical in your next move be it training, mentorship, promotions, benefits, and/or pay. If the company are offering a great mentorship programme, ask who will be your mentor and how the programme is managed. If the company offer a detailed training policy, ask if you can see it. Whichever job you accept make sure it meets or exceeds your expectations. Find out more in our recent “7 Questions to Ask about your career BEFORE you start a job search

  5. Sometimes you just have to trust your gut instincts. It’s not uncommon for job seekers to get a “feeling” about a company. Sometimes a role might just feel right, but still don’t forget to do your research – you may find it confirms or contradicts your instincts.

After you have gone through the process of research, reflection, reasoning, and checking your priorities, hopefully one role will stand out. Whichever you choose, make sure you thank all the companies you received offers from, and don’t burn any bridges. Who knows when you might need to work with them again in the future!