It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to pick between two job offers. When this happens, you can become very excited and possibly overwhelmed at the idea of having to pick. So, how do
To choose between two jobs, it’s important to gather as much information as possible about each position. Compare the salary, work environment, job descriptions, benefits, and opportunity for career growth in both jobs. These details will indicate the more beneficial position to you and your career.
Read on to find out more.
Make a comparison between two jobs to help choose one
The best strategy for choosing between two jobs is to compare the pros and cons of each job carefully. You can make a visual comparison chart between the two jobs to make the evaluation easier. The first thing to do will be to gather complete information about the jobs and companies. You can evaluate your offer letter to gather information about your responsibilities, work hours, and salary. You can also talk to the hiring manager or friends who work at the same company to find any missing details. Make sure the information you have gathered can answer most or all the following questions:
- What’s your job description? What are the responsibilities you have to carry out?
- What’s your salary? Will you get a signing bonus? How often does the company offer bonuses? What’s the frequency of raises?
- When do you have to start? How long is the probationary period? What are your work hours? How many hours do you have to work per week?
- What’s the location of the office? How many hours do you have to commute? Does the company offer transportation? Does it offer a work-from-home option?
- How many workers does the company employ? Does the company have a good reputation? What’s the work culture like? Do workers feel comfortable at work? What are the amenities and facilities at the office? What are the company’s values?
- Does the company offer vacation time? Does it offer family leaves? How many sick leaves and personal leaves can you take?
Once you have gathered this information about the two jobs, you can make a comparison chart listing both jobs and their pros and cons. Make sure you have included all information about the jobs, including your salary, job satisfaction, and daily experience at work. You could end up making a decision based on this chart alone if one company has clear advantages over the other.
Consider your long-term goals before accepting one of the job offers
You should be considering your long-term career goals before choosing between two jobs. You can use the chart that you created, comparing the different aspects of each role. Use this to see which job offer will help you to achieve your goals better than the other. The thing to remember is that you want to take a step further in your career. You need to be evaluating the difference between a job and a career. The latter is what benefits you in the long run.
For example, imagine that you have a degree in the English language and have received two job offers: one for an English teacher and the other for a writer. You might find both job offers attractive. But what’s your future goal? If your long-term goal is to become a best-selling writer, choosing the writing offer is a better decision for your future and career.
When choosing between two job offers, you also have to consider which job will be more challenging and give you a chance to learn new skills. It’s always possible that one job will offer more chances for growth than the other. That’s why you need to carefully consider both offers.
Don’t put too much importance on salary
Some people make salary the deciding factor in choosing between two jobs. But this is a mistake. While salary is an important factor, there are also other aspects you have to consider. First, does this job make you feel happy or excited? Do you get satisfaction from this job? Sometimes, these factors can make all the difference in your life.
For example, one job might offer you an annual salary of $90,000 while the other might offer you $120,000. But the job with the higher salary might also require longer work hours, work during weekends, and less vacation time. Meanwhile, the job with the lower salary might be in a field that really interests you and gives you an opportunity to travel to beautiful locations. Here, you can see that salary is not the only deciding factor between the jobs. Plus, what is the point of accepting a job offer only to work long hours and not be happy? It isn’t worth it.
Work-life balance and job satisfaction are very important factors you need to consider when choosing between two jobs. Choosing a job that you won’t be happy working in for a long time can have negative effects on your health and wellbeing. Then you don’t have a good work-life balance and are sacrificing yourself for a job. You are better off not basing your decision on the salary but examining what work will feel more rewarding for a longer time.
Don’t forget that you can negotiate job offers
If one job is much more appealing in almost every aspect, but you can’t afford to accept it because of salary, you can try negotiating. There are many times when a company will be willing to negotiate salary offers for desirable candidates. You can talk to a hiring manager about your concerns and see if negotiation is possible. This can include negotiating salary and benefits. The worst thing they can do is say that there isn’t any room for negotiation. You lose nothing by asking the question and could gain many other benefits if you try!
A good way to make sure you get as close to the salary and work you need is to connect with a recruitment company. Recruitment companies help connect a range of workers with companies and create contracts that will benefit both workers and employers. They have helped many employers hire general and skilled labourers for all kinds of building projects. There are also recruitment companies that specialise in office work, factory work, and more. It’s a great way to be able to negotiate salary in a fair way.
Go with your gut when choosing between two jobs
When it comes to big decisions, you should listen to your gut instincts, applying your intuition to choose between two jobs. There has been research into the psychology behind gut instincts and it is actually a predictive psychological process. So, when we say to trust your gut, we do mean it. Your gut instinct is a reaction to a process in your mind. This process takes the situations at hand (the job offers) and compares the potential outcomes to your previous experiences. This could be taking into account things that you only subconsciously noticed. There is a lot of science behind our intuition. So, when considering two job options, think about how you feel when you assess each one. What does your intuition say?
How do you know you chose the right job offer?
If you choose the right job offer, you will feel content with your job even after only a few days of work. Most importantly, you will find the work interesting and challenging. You will also feel happy with the financial rewards your job offers and will feel comfortable around the people working with you.
What to do if you chose the wrong job offer
If you realize you have chosen the wrong job offer only after a few days at work, you might not be too late. Try contacting the hiring manager of the job you declined and find out whether the vacancy has been filled yet. If they are still looking for a good candidate, you might still have a chance at the job.
The best-case scenario would be that the other company are more than happy to re-offer you the job and you can then accept it. But that won’t always be the case. So, if you chose between two jobs and think you chose wrong, you might have to start a new job search. The good news is that there are so many opportunities out there, that you could find an even better offer than before! Try not to ever get too deflated when it comes to finding and testing jobs. There will be an opportunity that is perfect for you, so long as you keep looking.
If you are looking for work as a labourer, check out our Rednax Recruitment job board! Wondering if it’s rude to decline a job offer? We have the answer to this and more in our Rednax Recruitment resources.