How to Choose Between Two Jobs You Want

It probably happens more often than you think it will: You have to choose between two different, equally-appealing jobs.

Deciding between two jobs is not straightforward. It’s easy to be affected by your emotions and the potential pay. Therefore, it’s important to slow down to ensure your choice isn’t based on excitement or greed. You need to figure out what is will make you content for the long term.

Here are a few things to consider before pulling the trigger on your decision.

Do you have all the information you need?

Before you begin contrasting the important points of each job, find out everything you can to get a complete picture of each job. For instance, the pay for one job might be much higher, but asking both hiring managers about benefits might reveal the other company offers much better health insurance or employee discounts.

Also, review each job description to try to get a sense of what a typical day, week, month and year would be like in each job. You might find one job has a great deal more autonomy and flexibility than the other one.

Preparation is essential for any business deal, and in order to get the best deal out of your situation, you need to know all that you possibly can.

Which one has the most growth potential?

Of course, having plenty of cash and buying expensive things could make you happy for a time, but consider how uninspired you might be if you’re still doing the same work, day after day, several years from now.

When you have two job offers in front of you, you don’t have to settle. So, if you’re on the lookout for a job that enables you to grow, don’t hesitate to ask each business about advancement and learning opportunities.

How were the people you met?

You can tell when the folks you meet are actually enthusiastic about talking to you. You can also tell when people are just going through the motions because their supervisor had them interact with you as part of the hiring process.

You should also consider any red flags or concerning things you saw. Was there a heated argument outside the interview room? Did the hiring manager talk down to other employees?

When you have a few employment opportunities available, you can choose the boss and co-workers you think you will work best with, so make the most of it.

Is there a possibility for negotiation?

Negotiations could significantly change which offer you ultimately accept.

If the first offer is better than the second one, consider what would have to change for you to go with the first employer. In fact, you could ask the first company for positive elements in the competing offer, like a flexible schedule or the ability to work remotely.

A word of warning: Don’t try to play one employer off the other, as this can leave a bad taste in the mouth of the company you ultimately end up working for. Or, the tactic could backfire and result in one company going with a different candidate.

At LTI, we have a wide range of opportunities for skilled professionals to choose from. Please contact us today to find out how we can help you advance your career.