As far as career conundrums go, having to choose between multiple job offers isn’t the worst thing in the world. You could be one of the millions of American searching for work, and that fact that more than one company wants to hire you should make you feel good. That said, deciding where you’re going to spend 40 or more hours per week for the foreseeable future isn’t a decision you want to make willy-nilly. There are a lot of things to consider, and in a story for Business2Business.com, Lauren Riley outlines five of the big ones.
“Obviously money is one of the main factors people consider when comparing job offers, but it definitely shouldn’t be the only thing you think about,” writes Riley, addressing the first thing that likely popped into your mind. Scroll down to see what Riley believes you ought to think about in addition to salary.
1. Job Security — With a bit of online research, you can figure out whether any of your prospective employers have been prone to laying people off in recent years. If so, you might want to steer clear, no matter how attractive the salary is.
2. Growth Potential — That job you’re considering may seem great right now, but do you want to be stuck there forever? If you’re at a company with limited growth potential, this could happen. Ask about training programs and internal vs. external hiring practices, Riley advises. “Even have a look at some of the current employees’ LinkedIn profiles to suss out their journey through the company to give you a good idea of the general progression opportunities,” she adds.
3. The Work/Life Balance — This new gig could be your dream job, but if it requires you to work 70 hours a week and commute two hours each way, is it really worth it?
4. Company Culture — Did you get a good vibe during the job interview. As you strolled through the office, did the other people seem friendly and happy to be there? If the answer to either of these questions is “no,” you might want to think twice before accepting the position.
5. Your Personal Career Plan — To some extent, everyone has a career trajectory in mind, and it likely involves where you want to live, how much you want to earn, and what type of title you hope to obtain. When you’re weighing two or more job opportunities, ask yourself whether any of them compromise your plans.