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One job offer may be followed by another. At great position to be in, but how do you decide which job offer to take? Well, it depends on what you want. We have a number of tools that will help you make a logical or heart-felt decision. The danger for you is that you fall between the two in your decision making, and when you finally do decide, you may have regrets about your decision. This section of the site provides a number of tools to help you make that decision. First of all, think about the following.
Job Offer and the Fable of Balaam’s Ass
Good money at a low level which makes living very comfortable. Life becomes comfortable, and the years pass. But they never fulfil their potential.Balaam’s ass starved to death because it could not make its mind up as to which of two equally attractive bails of hay should be eaten first. Often in our careers we have difficult decisions to make between what may appear as two equally valid job offers. To avoid this paralysis, play devil’s advocate with each option, trying your best to examine the dis-benefits of each rather than the positives. When you do make the choice, you will always have a ‘what if…’ in your mind. Let’s avoid this. Here are a number of tools to help you make that choice. We have divided them into logical, subconscious, and personal values-based. However, first read on for the more typical ways of making the decision.
Job Offer and Things to Think About
Before moving onto the specific tools that we have prepared for you, it is worthwhile thinking about some reasons to take or not take a job offer. There are some good articles in this area, such as this one from Forbes, but we can summarise the thinking in the following:
- Immediate good cash but under-sold in the long-term. We have seen a lot of people fall into this trap. Good money at a low level which makes living very comfortable. Life becomes comfortable, and the years pass. But they never fulfil their potential.
- Is it real money? “On target earning”, “shadow shares”, “bonus cap”, and “lock in periods” are a few of the terms you might see in an job offer. But will this turn into hard cash? Read the fine print and ask the questions about exactly what they mean by these and similar terms.
- Be a detective. Try to talk to people ‘in the know’ that are already within the organisation, or work closely with the business. Use Google for a general search and vary your search words. Also try sites that give an insider view of the business like Glassdoor.
- Assess your culture fit. You will find what your best culture is here.
- Will it add to your network? It is still the case that most of the top jobs are based on who you know. They often are not advertised. Will the job in question open other doors?
- Does it provide you with a skills set that you could not easily achieve elsewhere? Although the job offer really should be doing something that you want to do, often you might take a role simply because it provides the skills that you will need for your career goals.
- Will you mentally be able to get out again? Some roles are all-consuming and can leave little time for finding a job at a later time. Some jobs are mind-dumbing and mentally sap your desire and energy. Can you maintain your motivation for the bigger picture if you are in a ‘filler’ job?
- Can you justify it within your personal values? Will it cause you sleepless night? Will you be doing something that goes against you fundamental values? A job offer can lead to conflicts with your personal values. You can find out what your personal values are here, and one of the tools we offer is directly linked to your personal values.
- Does the job in question contribute to your career strategy? Career paths have become less linear than in the past. A ’rounding’ of skills and experience is now often required to get to the very top. Will the job offer in question help you towards your final career goal? If so, it may be worth considering even if it is not the job you can see yourself in for a significant period of time.
If you have 2 equally valid offers, here are some tools to help you decide which is best. Start with the logical approach.
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