How to Choose Between Two Job Offers

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Having two job offers to choose from is a great position to be in. If your job application process has been a smart and successful one, you are bound to have more than one job offer before you. While that’s a great thing, it can often be a little challenging to make the correct choice. Of course, one of the easiest yardsticks to help you make that choice is salary. But to simply go for the job that pays you more can sometimes be a shortsighted move.

Here are some other factors you must consider before making an informed choice about your job offer:

  1. Pick the job that lets you grow

You must explore the growth opportunities in the role that you have been offered. You can do that by asking the right questions in your job interview. You don’t want to be caught in a job that pays you well but doesn’t let you grow.

  1. Is the role challenging enough?

One of the roles seems to be much easier and more stress free than the other one? Pick the latter. While the easier job might seem great in the beginning, it is such a job that will stagnate the growth of your career. The best way to keep yourself motivated is to take up more challenging roles.

  1. What is the work culture like?

We spend a large part of our lives at work, so why should there be any reason for our workplace to be any less comfortable than home? Make sure that you explore and understand the many facets of the company’s work culture by talking to other employees. The work culture of the company must be something that works for you.

  1. Does the job match your preferences?

Apart from salary, the location of your workplace and the timings of your job are very important factors in determining whether or not you will be happy with your choice. Choose a workplace that isn’t too far from where you live and make sure that the timings are to your liking. You may also want to find out if the company allows you to work remotely on occasion. Enquire about the leave structures and provisions for overtime before you seal the deal.

Find a job that matches your preferences.

  1. Take your time and make your choice

It is perfectly acceptable to take a little bit of time before you announce your decision to the company. If the employers really want you on board, they will let you take your time before you accept or decline the offer. Don’t be pressured by either company to make a hasty decision. You could use this time to negotiate salary if you feel the need to (don’t settle for less if you think you deserve more, but don’t be unreasonable with your expectations) and find out more about the company before you make your final decision.

Another useful way to deal with this dilemma is to make a comprehensive list of pros and cons. List out all the positives and negatives of each of the job offers. Having this list before you can give you a clear overview of which direction you should be headed in.

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