Hey graduates! There may come a point in time where you find yourself at a crossroad, where you have to decide between two job offers. It is definitely going to be a tough decision to make as your first job is one of the most important one you will ever have. Your first job may be a springboard for your future career and it is at also at your first job that you will formulate thoughts about what you really want in your future career.
TL;DR Making a decision between two job offers is a decision not to be made lightly, especially for fresh graduates.
How then do you decide between two job offers then? Here’s a simple 3-step decision-making framework that you can utilize to help you with your dilemma.
1. Imagine the scenarios
In this step, you have to imagine yourself in the different job positions you are deliberating, and see how you feel about it. For example, if you have job offers for a marketing analyst position and a content marketer, you can ask yourself a few questions.
Do you prefer looking at statistics, dealing with numbers and data visualization? Or would you prefer developing and planning ideas behind valuable content? Beneath each job position is a plethora of skills sets you need to utilize. Imagine how would you feel if you had to use a certain skill at a job. Does it excite you? Or does it make you cringe?
Whilst you are imagining these scenarios, start to identify what are your core values and whether they align with the life that you want.
2. Ranking Criteria
In this step, you can create a table and list the criteria that are important to you in a job and score your potential career options against this criteria.
Some of these criterion to help you get start include these:
Important note: It sometimes seems like a higher-paying job offer is more attractive than a lower-paying one. However, many companies have upped their games in terms of providing non-monetary benefits (i.e, telecommuting, number of childcare leave etc) so do consider if these non-monetary benefits are relevant and useful to you as well]
Calculate the scores and the top-scoring job is probably something that may suit your core values best and maybe something that you would want to go for.
3. Consult people who matter
After the second step, you may have more or less decided on a job offer.
Now, the thing about making decisions is that you cannot make these decisions in a vacuum. Your decisions affect other people, specifically your partner/spouse or your immediate family. It is important to consult your loved ones about the job that you have ranked higher than the rest and see if they are able to agree with you on the decision.
If they cannot, maybe you could try seeing things from their perspectives and negotiate with them, or your future employees.
We hope that this exercise would be helpful to you when you make a decision between your job offers. This exercise is also relevant to those who have gotten a job offer and are unsure if you should take it up. Good luck and all the best!
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