Multiple Job Offers – How to Compare

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Multiple Job Offers – How to Compare

Receiving multiple job offers is very flattering, but can also be overwhelming.  These days, there is so much pressure to make great decisions about your career early on, no one wants to miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime.   It can sometimes be hard to separate your emotions from facts in these situations, so we’ve compiled a guide to help you do just that.

  1. Map it Out

In business we use a strategy, called end game planning.  It’s a simple map utilized for goal planning that works by starting at the goal and working your way backwards to your present situation. For instance, let’s say a business’s 10-year goal is to sell internationally.  Rather than begin with a “first we need” plan, they begin with a “to go international, we’d need x” approach.  Making a career map, is a great way to evaluate where you are and what your current priorities should be.  Knowing what your true priorities are, at this stage in your career, will help you determine which of the company’s multiple job offers are fantastic, yet not relevant to what you are currently trying to achieve.

  1. Make your Company Lists

Make a list, itemizing what each company has to offer and anything of concern.  This is more than just salary and benefits.  It can be a title, room to grow, travel, the opportunity to create.  Try to remember two important things while making this list: facts only, and relevance only.  It is great that an office has a break room with a ping pong table, but does it have any relevance to your future goals? I’m not discounting office culture, as that can be a very influential part of your success with a company. I’m merely suggesting the little fun, but not so important perks should be left out.  It’s also so important to separate promises or insinuations from facts.  If one of the jobs you are offered is not the title that you want, but the interviewer implies that perhaps you can move up quickly, don’t write, “promotion in 6 months” on your pro’s list for that company.  You can certainly note the possibility, but remember, this is a facts list. If accepting that offer hinges on the guarantee of a promotion, you will be bitterly disappointed if it doesn’t happen.  After eliminating any options with a significant con that would directly conflict with your priorities, cross reference the remaining list with your list of priorities and you should have narrowed down your search significantly.

  1. Resume Builders

Next, look at the company profiles overall.  Which is the better company to work for, based on your goals?  Would you benefit from working with a startup and be a part of their success? Would it be better to link with a larger company and show you can handle large accounts? Which company has more awards or better public opinion?  Also, put each position down on your resume and see which makes more sense.  If you are moving from a management position to an entry level position and the size of the company is about the same, consider how that would look on a resume.  How will you explain such a choice at a future interview? It may make sense to take a step back, to move forward, but be sure you can explain the choice later.

Experiencing a connection at an interview, or a jaw dropping signing bonus can often trigger us to make an emotional decision.  Remember that your career is a marathon, not a sprint.  It’s important to meet your current needs, but also to look forward to your lifetime career goals. Trust your gut. If an offer or an interview just doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.  If you can maintain your focus on the big prize, you’ll be well on your way to great success. For more career advice, reach us at


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