What to Consider When Between Job Offers

By Kaitlin Hurtado on September 9, 2022

There are multiple stages of the job search process that job applicants find difficult, from crafting the perfect cover letter to deciding which job application is worth their time and effort. At any given time, it’s normal to be applying and/or interviewing for several different positions and companies at the same time. Not every application will end with a job offer, but if you are applying to several jobs at the same time, you may find yourself in a situation where you have multiple job offers on the table. In some situations, your final decision may be easy as you have one job as your top choice with your others designated as simply backup choices. However, every job offer will look different and offer different advantages and disadvantages you will have to take into consideration. With that being said, you may find yourself struggling with which job offer to accept.

If you find yourself in this type of situation, there are multiple aspects you can focus on to help guide you to a final decision. Keep reading for what to consider when in between job offers.

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Which job offer’s compensation and benefits work better for you? Is it negotiable?

One of the more obvious factors to consider when in between job offers is the compensation associated with each job offer. If you are looking at job offers for a similar position across different companies that are of the same size, the compensation may not vary as much, but if the pay is your priority, you may want to consider which job offer allows you to negotiate higher pay.

You also will want to weigh the benefits and perks that come with each job offer. What benefits (health insurance, dental, vision, and retirement plans) come with each job offer?

What company culture do you prefer? 

Another thing you will want to consider is the type of culture within each company you are considering. While one job offer may look more promising due to starting pay and location, it may not have the type of company culture you would thrive in.

Compensation may not be your priority when you find out you are spending every day struggling to get through the work day.

How does the job affect your long-term plans, not just career-wise? 

While your decision on which job offer to accept will affect your career, it’s also going to largely impact your life outside of the career. One job offer may be in the same area you are living in, while another may be in another state and require you to relocate. Or, one job offer may require you to work in-office, while another job offer is a hybrid or remote-only work style. Both scenarios can bring major life changes to you. For one, relocation can uproot your life, bringing you to an entirely new area and requiring you to plan out and execute a move. If you are looking at whether or not a job would require you to work in-person or remotely, you will have to consider your commute, childcare, and your own preferences on working from home or not.

For some people, prioritizing their career is at the top of their minds, so accepting a job offer that will result in a major life change, such as relocating to a new state isn’t much of a concern. On the other hand, others may want a job that fits into their current life situation, so a job offer that will make them relocate or spend more time commuting can be one they are more likely to not consider.

Which job comes with long-term opportunities? 

When considering multiple job offers, your first thought may be how each job offer affects your present day. Will you have to relocate? Is the pay raise allowing you to achieve more financial stability? While those are going to be important factors in your final decision, you will also want to consider what each job would mean long-term. If you are just starting out in your career, you may not be thinking that you are going to want to stay with any one company for the entirety of your career. However, it’s important to consider what long-term opportunities may be available to you within the company should you accept the job offer.

If you are looking for stability within your career and current location, you may be prioritizing a job that has a higher probability of keeping you long-term. If the company or position you are looking at has a high turnover rate, it may not be the right opportunity for you. If the position has had a history of employees staying long-term and getting promoted regularly, it may end up being the job offer you want to prioritize.

Everyone has different factors they will prioritize when it comes to choosing what job offer they will accept. What works for you and your goals may not work for your friend or vice versa. With these questions in mind, you can help yourself single out the best option for you – good luck!

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