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.