How to Decide Between Two Job Offers or More – Personal Values

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How to decide between two job offers or more? There are a number of methods, and we would always advocate using 2 or 3 methods when making the decision. This will enable you to have more indicators for defining which role is best for you.

How to Decide Between two or more Job Offers – Introduction to the Personal Values Method

This method of how to decide between two job offers makes the assumption that you want to be happy and to maximise satisfaction in your job. This may be your primary concern in how to decide between two job offers.
Another structured route is to utilise personal work-based values (which you can access here if you have not done so already) in making your decision about how to decide between two job offers. You can find more information about why this is an important factor here, or from this article from the Guardian. This effectively orientates your career decision-making process to one where innate satisfaction is all-important. The question you should ask yourself is, ‘Is my personal happiness and satisfaction more important than factors external to me?’

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This method of how to decide between two job offers makes the assumption that you want to be happy and to maximise satisfaction in your job. This may be your primary concern in how to decide between two job offers. But it may be that you have consciously decided that the role is not about satisfaction. It might, for example, be simply part of your career strategy. It is a role you need to do on your way to the role that will give you the satisfaction you deserve. In this case, use this method with the two job offers and also add your eventual career aim as a means of comparison. We would also strongly suggest using your current or recent role as another means of comparison in how to decide between two job offers.

How to Decide Between Two Job Offers: Directions for Using Personal Values

To begin, return to the work-based values you completed in the personal values questionnaire. Pick your top three to five values and list them in the left hand column. Then assign a relative weighting to each from 1 to 10 (10 highest). If we again use the example of a Management Information Analyst with three possible career options and work through the example below.

From using the values questionnaire, this individual has defined the following personal values as important to them:

  • Personal development,
  • Autonomy and independence
  • Risk-taking and decision-making
  • High pressure

They have then given each value a relative weighting in terms of importance for which personal development has been scored as 10 out of a possible 10. They have then assessed each possible role against each value to see the extent to which each value could be utilised within each role (score 1, score 2, score 3). They have then multiplied the weighting for each value (W) against the score for each role (score 1, 2 and 3) to give a total score. Finally, they have added each column to give a total score for each role. In this example, risk analyst is the preferred option.

 

TopWork-based Values   Weighting(W)Out of 10 Project Manager  Support Team Leader Risk Analyst
Score 1Out of 10 W x score 1 Score 2Out of 10 W x Score 2 Score 3Out of 10 W x Score 3
Personal development 10 5 50 7 70 9 90
Autonomy & independence 7 8 56 6 42 3 21
Risk-taking & decision-making 6 4 24 8 48 8 48
High pressure  8 9 72 4 32 8 64
Totals for columns 202 192 223

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