So you have found yourself in a position where you have to choose from several different job offers. Of course, you are feeling all the emotions that come with being wanted by multiple different companies. However, you also feel the stress that comes with having to make a potentially life-changing choice.
You want to make sure that the job you choose is the best fit for you, but it can be hard to think clearly when weighing out such important options. As you start to compare one job offer to the next, you may find yourself trapped by analysis paralysis.
To make the decision a little easier, it is best to decide what aspects of a job are the most important to you and lay out a specific set of criteria a position must meet. You can then compare and contrast each job offer to figure out which is most aligned with you and your goals.
Highlight the biggest pros and cons.
It is important to identify the biggest potential pros and cons of each job offer. These would be aspects of each job that could potentially take them out of the running or move them to the top of the list. Making a pros-and-cons list will allow you to think critically about each job and will help as you move to the next steps of the process.
What’s most important to you?
Now that you have the pros-and-cons list out of the way, you need to determine what’s most important to you in a job. Are you somebody who enjoys working in a group setting or on group projects? Then perhaps it’s best to lean towards a position that promotes working collaboratively with others.
Sit down and take some time to brainstorm all of the important attributes that a job needs to have for you to be happy. Salary, company culture, the commute, and benefits are all things to think about, but make sure you do some deep diving when putting together your list. Do the values of the company align with your own? Do they treat their employees fairly and will the kind of work you will be doing not only sustain you financially but also fulfill you?
Jot down whatever comes to mind and don’t try to overthink. Once you have put together a pretty good list, try to narrow it down to your top 10 priorities. This will help you hone in on what is most important to you and will help you make your final decision.
Rank your priorities.
Now that you have narrowed your list down to your top 10 priorities, it is time to rank them. Start by ordering your preferences from most important to least. You can then make a chart to compare how many of the more important priorities each job has.
Often when trying to make important decisions, visuals can help aid in the process. Seeing everything laid out and ranked in a chart format can take any guesswork out of the situation.
Choosing the right job will not only impact you in the present, but it also has the potential to affect you for years to come. So it is important that the job not only fits you now but that you can foresee it fitting you in the future.
Think about how you felt when you initially received your job offers. You were likely hopeful and excited at the potential of starting at a new business. Now do your best to imagine what it would be like working for that job after a few years, five years, or even ten years down the road. Do you think you would still be as hopeful and excited? Do you see yourself moving up in the company? You want to make sure that the job you end up taking will allow you to grow and gain new skills and has the potential to lead to something bigger and better.
As long as you have used this guide to help you to make a logical, informed decision then ultimately whatever job offer you choose will be the one for you. It is important to remember that no job is set in stone so if you end up being unhappy in your role, you can always find something better.