How to Choose Between Two Job Offers
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How to Choose Between Two Job Offers

It’s happened to the best of us — you’ve finally gotten the call or email you’ve been waiting on with bated breath, and now you have two job offers to choose from! While it might seem like a dream come true, it can also feel like an awful decision to make. Whether one job offer offers more pay or more growth potential, here are some tips to help you choose between two job offers.

Understand the market

The first thing you should do is understand how much other people in your position make at similar companies. This will give you a better idea of how much you should expect from each company and let you know if there are any obvious gaps in your offers. Once you have an understanding of what others in your position make, it’s time to start thinking about factors that aren’t necessarily tied to compensation—like opportunities for growth, work-life balance, and office culture.

Calculate the Salary Package

If you’re considering two job offers, your first step should be calculating your salary package. Add up all of your potential compensation—base salary, bonus, healthcare benefits, and other perks like stock options or retirement plans. Once you know exactly how much you can make in both jobs (we recommend doing this with a simple spreadsheet), it’s time to decide which job offer is better for you.

Think about Culture Fit

If you’re being courted by multiple companies and have two job offers, it might feel like you’re facing a Sophie’s Choice-type dilemma. But there are ways of making a choice that will ensure that you enjoy your time at your new company for many years to come. The first step is finding out about cultural fit with each prospective employer, as well as what makes each culture unique. Everyone loves asking questions during interviews about pay and benefits—but these things fade into insignificance after a few months if you don’t share similar values. Work isn’t just work when it comes to your professional life—it’s an extension of who you are, so consider both internal factors such as management style and external ones such as office location before committing to either offer.

Think About Working Hours

Ideally, you’ll want to choose a job that suits your lifestyle. If you’re choosing between two similar jobs at different companies, think about whether their work hours will suit your preferences. If both of them offer a full-time schedule, consider how far you are willing to commute and which one offers more flexibility in terms of time off and lunch breaks.

Think About Workplace Location

If you’re choosing between two job offers, consider which location is going to be best for your career. If one of your offers is for a position in a city you’ve never been to, it might not be a great idea to turn it down because of a negative perception you have of that city. Rather than pass up an amazing opportunity just because of location concerns, do some research and learn more about where you might end up.

Consider Growth Opportunities

When deciding between two job offers, it’s important not just to think about how much you’ll get paid but also how much room you have for career growth. For example, take two job offers that both pay $40,000/year. The first offer might come from a company where your salary will remain at $40,000 throughout your time there and promotion is impossible. The second offer could be from a company where you have a chance of making more money or receiving promotions.

Is There Anything Else You Want?

It’s standard for recruiters and hiring managers to ask if you have any questions. It seems innocent enough, but what they’re really doing is trying to find out if you like them, or whether there are other things they can do—in terms of money or perks—to convince you to take their offer. The last thing they want is a long list of questions that reveal how unhappy you are with their offer.

What are you looking for in your next role?

When you have two offers, it’s easy to feel like you’re in control. After all, you’re choosing between two great opportunities. However, when it comes down to making a final decision, it can be difficult knowing how to weigh what matters most. Here are some questions that can help you make an informed decision about your next career move: What did you love about these two companies and roles? What do you value? Do any of these two companies represent areas where you want to focus your career development? With so many variables at play, it’s important not to simply go with your gut feeling.

Follow up with Employer #1

Once you’ve made a decision it’s important to follow up with your current employer. Make sure they know that you plan on submitting two weeks’ notice so that they can start looking for your replacement (and give them an extra week or two of cushion). Thank them for all their time and effort, and let them know how excited you are about taking on new opportunities in your career.

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