If you’ve been job hunting and your hard work has finally paid off—congrats! If you have two job offers, it can be tough to decide which one to accept. Here are a few things to consider that may help you make your decision:
You can negotiate a job offer, especially if you have multiple offers to leverage. It’s important to know your worth and what you’re willing to accept before going into negotiations, so, before negotiating, do your research on salaries for the position.
Examine the benefits
Ask human resources to send information about the benefits package. If you have employer-sponsored health insurance, compare the coverage and costs of each plan. You may also want to ask about other benefits, such as vacation days, life insurance, retirement savings plans, and flexible spending accounts. Some employers even offer employee discount programs.
Consider your commute
If one job is much closer to home or would allow you to telecommute, that could be a deciding factor. A shorter commute can save you time and money, and it can also reduce your stress levels. If you’re not sure about working from home, this is the time to ask.
Think about the company culture
Do you want to work for a large corporation or a smaller company? Do you want a traditional office environment or a more relaxed atmosphere? Consider which environment would suit you better, and which company matches up with this idea.
Think about your career trajectory
Think about your long-term career goals. Where do you want to be in five years? Ten years? If one job offer is a stepping stone to where you want to be in a few years, it may be worth taking even if the pay isn’t as high as the other offer.
Look at the whole package
A job offer is not just compensation. It’s the bonus, 401(k) match, the promise of work-life balance, vacation days, sick days, holidays, and any other benefits that come with the position. When you’re looking at two offers, take the whole package into consideration.
Make a pro and con list
Sometimes, making a list of the pros and cons can help you see things more clearly. Write down all the factors that are important to you in a job, and then rate each job offer accordingly. This may help you make your decision.
It can also help to rank things in order of importance. What is most important to you in a job. Is it the salary? The location? The company culture? The type of work? work-life balance? Make a list of your priorities and see how each job stacks up.
Making a choice
In the end, you need to make the choice that’s best for you. Consider all the factors that are important to you in a job, and then make your decision based on what you think will make you the happiest and most successful in the long run.