Job Search Dilemma: Which One Should I Choose?
There are usually things that are appealing about both positions. But of course both of them are not exactly the same even if they have similar job titles.
It’s a good idea to ask yourself some questions that will help you make the best choice between two good options.
Here are some sample questions:
Do both of these positions align well with my career goals? The reason to ask yourself this question is that it is to your benefit to look beyond the position that you have been offered to where you want to be 5 or 10 years in the future. You need to take a hard look at the situation and determine whether or not this job will position you for future career moves or if it is just a job. Since at this point you have the luxury of choosing between two offers, it makes sense to evaluate both options carefully.
Are the total compensation packages comparable? It is all too easy to be seduced by the position that offers the higher dollar amount in terms of salary. But in order to fairly compare the two positions against each other, you need to look at all that they are both offering. You may find that the job that offers the higher salary does not offer the best compensation package. This can happen because benefits are also worth money. If a company offers you a higher salary but does not offer 401(K) matching or does not pick up most of your health insurance cost, the offer may not be the best deal.
Which company is a better fit based on my values and personality? You are going to do best in an organization where there is alignment between your values and personality and the company’s. For example, if you prefer a laid back environment where casual dress is considered part of the company culture, you will have a harder time fitting in with a company that has a culture that values business attire every day and where casual Fridays are not something that the company ever promotes.
Which organization will offer me the most in terms of career growth? As I said earlier, even though you may have job offers for positions with similar titles, you still need to look at the pros and cons for both positions. You may get an offer for a position in a fast-growing company where the possibility of you advancing quickly is likely. On the other hand, another position may be in a stable company with slow growth where it is unlikely that there will be any movement by anyone in management in the foreseeable future. In addition to the issue of advancement, you should also look at how any one position may help you learn new skills that will make you more employable.
Where can I make the biggest contribution? You should evaluate how much latitude a position will give you to make a contribution not only to your organization, but also to your field. It is definitely a bonus if you are given an opportunity to try new things that will advance your field.
Is one boss a better match for me than the other? During the interview process you met your potential boss. Hopefully you started to get a feel during the interview as to what kind of chemistry there is between you and this person. Your boss can either make or break your job, so don’t forget to factor in this component into your decision-making process.
Cheryl Palmer is a career expert who has regularly been quoted in The Ladders, the Wall Street Journal, CBS MoneyWatch, and CNN Money. She is a career coach, resume writer, and LinkedIn expert. Download 5 Master Strategies to Land a Job Through Social Media at www.calltocareer.com.