If you have multiple offers or options for a new role, it can be overwhelming to decide which one to take. The good news is if you take a step back and go about the process thoughtfully, it may not be as hard as you think. It turns out a good old pros and cons list may be all you need to decide.
Like many consultants, freelancers, full-time employees and gig workers in the market today, there are a plethora of opportunities to choose from, and certain skill sets (especially in IT) are highly in-demand. Some are calling today’s market “the great resignation,” as upwards of 40% of people are considering leaving their jobs in search of new opportunities driven by the events of this past year.
While compensation is still important, many people with multiple offers are looking beyond their paycheck for jobs that offer remote and flexible workplaces, the right cultural fit, companies that prioritize DE&I initiatives and work that is both meaningful and fulfilling.
When looking at the opportunities that exist, it’s important to prioritize what you want out of your work and non-work life before you can begin to assess the job itself. The pandemic left many realizing they needed more focus on family and a balance in how much time they spend at work. This caused a large population of workers to rethink return-to-office plans. Many are asking themselves if remote work can be a long-term option for them to continue their career. If flexibility isn’t a decision criterion, create a list of what is the most important aspect of a new role, both in your life and your career.
Here are some high-level considerations:
All job types
- Industry and size of the organization
- Option to work remote/hybrid
- If not remote, the location and commute for the new company
- Flexibility in working hours
- Cultural fit (you may not work there forever, but can you see yourself happily working with your manager/co-workers)
- Training/reskilling/continuing education availability
- Insurance offerings
- Benefits and perks (this may be onsite daycare/daycare stipend, mental health services, PTO, etc.)
- High probability that you will gain new soft skills
- Exposure to new technologies
- Innovative spirit—what is the new organization’s goals and objectives with new products and services? Will they push industry norms or have an impact on the world?
- What is the talent/staffing firm’s stance on diversity, equity, and inclusion?
- Service, appreciation, value add perks offered through your talent/staffing firm
- If it’s a contract role, consider the duration of the project against other contract offers
- What is the new company’s stance on diversity, equity, and inclusion?
- Career advancement opportunities
It’s a candidate’s market
It can be easy to choose one role over another if the pay is wildly different. However, if you’re planning to take the job that pays the most, ask yourself if it will ultimately fulfill why you were looking to leave your current role in the first place. Money is important. But if the job doesn’t get you to the next stage in your career, it may not be worth basing your decision on salary alone.
The market is full of exciting opportunities. Companies need top talent to get them to where they want to be. If you’re in a position where you have been given more than one offer, take the time you need to weigh the pros and cons of each. At the end of the day, your gut will likely tell you which role is the best fit for you.
Be sure to do your research, ask any outstanding questions, and if you still can’t decide, ask to speak to someone in the company that’s currently doing the role you’d be taking on. It can help you get a sense of what the day-to-day is like and uncover any challenges or barriers that exist to get the job done successfully. And if speaking to someone at that company isn’t an option, speaking to a professional recruiter who is an expert on the job market and can provide valuable career counseling may be another great option. Those that put your best interests first will provide unbiased recommendations that will benefit your career in the long term.