What job offer to choose? These tips will help you to make the right decision!
Finding the best job for yourself can be really challenging, as there is so much to consider (salary, location, firm`s policy) and think about over each matter. It`s good to have a job offer from the one company you really like, but if you don`t have a certain organization in mind, you may be facing the luxury of dealing with multiple job offers. It`s stated by Margaret Freel (corporate recruiter at TechSmith), that it`s a common problem for experts, but don`t worry about the issue, as here are the most appropriate tips for you.
Get all you search information about each job
You`ve worked so hard and, let`s face it, you deserve to be choosing between two job offers. And here the ultimate task to complete is to browse the web, monitor all the data available about every organization, digest these points and analyze them from the point of view of your aspirations.
Remember your initial goals
Take into account that every company benefits in something, so you are not to get lost in all the proposals. The best thing to do this is to create a career priorities list, where you`ll note down you prerogatives starting from the most important and finishing with the least ones. This will help you pick up the best offer.
Pay attention on your surrounding
If we are speaking about other factors to consider when choosing a job, we may mention working environment. It`s essential to understand that you`ll be working with a certain group of people most of the day, so you best be on the same wavelength with them, share some common interests and feel comfortable in their company, as you`ll be spending a large part of your life with them.
While choosing between two jobs you are to realize that to take a job just for the money might not be the best choice for you, as financial independence can`t make you happy forever. But the satisfaction from the type of activities you dedicate yourself to can. Moreover, the only way to be gratified with your job is to do it well, which can be obtained through hard work and constant studying that is, growing. So take into consideration career development offered by the company. You can even ask about this issue during the interview, but try not to be too intrusive or assertive, as you` re still a candidate for the position.
Make sure that your professional life will not be mixed up with your personal one. Even the most tantalizing vacancy can require the usage of your spare time to complete working tasks. It`s not always good to be a workaholic and work long hours or have less weekends than expected, so discuss such questions with HR manager in order to prevent further problems.
Consider the perks
The more jobs exist, the more various perks appear, so it`s your responsibility to discover all the data about the advantages offered by each company, compare them and lean towards the best ones for you.
Consider which company culture you like
Dedicate some time to understanding company`s values and habits and try to find out if they correspond with yours. You can do this by asking direct questions during the interview, analyzing the behavior of a recruiter or chatting with organization`s current and past employees. A company`s culture can determine your mood and performance and it can`t be parleyed, so it should fit you straight away.
Make a list of do’s and don’ts of each company
The most old-fashioned way, but the most effective one is to make a record of all the advantages and disadvantages, which each company possesses. By visualizing all the pros and cons of every firm, you can pick the most appropriate position.
Your negotiation power
Do not forget that you`re free to want as much as you can give. Don`t be shy to ask about your career perspectives, negotiate your salary or schedule. It`s you who is taking the job, so it`s better to negotiate all you can from the very beginning.
Get a decision time frame
It`s not a rare occasion, when a job seeker is offered one job, but leans towards another position, which is not proposed to him/her yet. So the best thing you can do is to negotiate the time frame needed for you to make a final decision. For instance, you can say that you feel the need to meet with staff at your level or resolve some issues with your previous employment. Be confident, but careful in explaining the reason to be given some extra time, as it may raise doubts in the level of your interest in the job.
Trust your gut
Don`t underestimate your gut feeling, as deep inside you already know the answer. You`re just hesitating to finally arrive at a decision of choosing the job that’s best for you.
This post was contributed by Alice Berg.
Alice Berg is a blogger and writer from Bath, UK, and a consultant at SkillRoads, who received master’s degree in Social Work and Applied Social Studies. Now she helps people to find their own way in life, gives career advice and guidance, helps young people to prepare for their careers. You can find Alice on Twitter and Facebook.