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Choosing Between Multiple Job Offers

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So after submitting hundreds of applications and going on a number of interviews, you are faced with one slight problem. Every company loved you!

That’s a pretty sweet problem to have.

No but seriously, you have multiple job offers and now have to determine which job is the right one for you. When faced with multiple choices, an easy way to make a decision is to list the pros and cons with each. When it comes to choosing between job offers, you can use a similar strategy but there are key factors that need to be considered. We like to call them the three C’s: culture, compensation, and commute.

The culture of a company is something that cannot be negotiated. It’s very important to get a good sense of the values of a company before becoming a part of them. You don’t want to be a part of an organization that makes you feel like you are compromising yourself and your beliefs or a place that doesn’t value you as an employee. Some people feel that it’s important for them to have a flexible schedule and a relaxing work environment while others prefer a standard 9-5 in a cubicle. Also under the culture umbrella I like to throw in growth opportunities. Is this an opportunity where you could learn from and climb up the corporate ladder? Does this company help you grow? Focusing on the culture of a company will give you a greater chance of having a healthy work-life balance.

Now, there are some people who will tell you that money isn’t everything; that an opportunity outweighs how much money you are offered. Although this may be true to an extent, you should still look to ensure that you are being fairly compensated for your work. Do your research to determine what the average employee in your job position is making within the company and in other companies that are similar. If there is room and you feel like you should be offered more, negotiate. Don’t cheat yourself and don’t let anyone else cheat you.

The easiest factor to consider is the location. There are hundreds of people who commute over an hour to and from work each day. Some of them mind, but others just take it as it is. Traffic is as unpredictable as the weather, especially during rush hour. If you’re someone who is comfortable with riding trains or subways to work, it would be nice to have a station close by your office. This detail of a company has been the deciding factor for many people in similar situations. Traveling to and from work in rush hour can cause high-stress levels so this is something to seriously consider if you are a person who despises sitting in traffic.

When weighing multiple job offers be sure to give yourself time to thoughtfully think your choices through. It’s perfectly acceptable to take a few days to consider every aspect of each job. Take a few days and once you’ve made your decision be sure to be gracious and polite when declining your other offers. You never know when your paths may cross again.

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