The job search can be tough, so it seems like a nice problem when you’re stuck choosing between two job offers.
Take time to properly evaluate both positions to find the fit that’s right for you. Here are some personal, cultural, and accessibility factors to consider for your next career move.
1. Factoring perks into salary
Salary can seem like a clear winner when choosing between two jobs. But it’s wiser to break down the perks associated with each offer before jumping into anything.
- Does each company offer full benefits coverage or partial?
- Does one offer perks like an extra week of vacation, credit towards educational programs, or more added support for your dependents?
- How important are stock options or equity to you, and does either company offer these?
These are all things to consider when trying to compare salaries. Be sure to factor in the value of perks before deciding if one is a clear win.
2. Balancing short-term and long-term benefits
Your next job might feel like just that: your next job. It’s actually the next step of your career.
One company may include short-term benefits such as a higher starting salary, a roomy office, and exciting travel perks. These can be great to kick off your career, but digging deeper into long-term benefits can influence where you end up down the road.
Ask yourself these important questions when choosing between two jobs:
- Are there opportunities for you to move up in the organization?
- Are there people around you who will teach you important skills and new talents to help you grow?
- How will this help you grow for your next move?
3. Respect for your role
When a company doesn’t fully understand your role, it can make your life more difficult, stressful, and resentment for your day-to-day tasks. It can also mean you end up with duties that don’t really fulfill you, and often lead to lackluster portfolio work.
Finding a company that respects the creative process, appropriate deadlines, and insights of a design team can determine the stress levels that follow on a daily basis.
4. Work life balance
Company culture should be a huge factor when choosing between two jobs.
We’ve all been ready to put in an all-nighter or take one for the team when needed, but is this something your work is going to need you to do time and time again? How compassionate will your office be when your personal life gets hectic, and how important is that to you?
When looking for a long-term career fit, consider what type of work-life balance you’re willing to commit to today as well as two years, five years, or even ten years from now. Will your company’s culture understand shifting work-life balance as needed?
5. Digging into the daily commute
The number one key to success in retail is location, location, location. This also applies when choosing between two jobs.
Looking at your office’s location and the commute required may feel superficial, but it’s going to take up a portion of every day going forward. Compare factors like:
- The popularity of the location
- Accessible food options
- How long your commute will be every day
- If your office offers free parking
Remember that a shorter commute isn’t just a few minutes saved every day: it can be a chance to sleep in longer or find time for exercise. This can be a huge perk to consider when choosing between two jobs.
6. Building your own 9-5
As a creative, you can’t always control when productivity strikes. You may be up late finishing your own project, and dreading the early morning commute. Having a job that lets you build your own hours means getting that extra hour of sleep in the morning but still putting in a full day of work afterwards.
Keep this in mind when choosing between two job offers. Find out what kinds of policies both companies follow regarding work day hours: Does everyone work identical hours? Do you have to choose hours and stick to them or can you adjust as needed as long as you’re putting in the time?
Being able to choose your own hours can mean scheduling your workout when it’s ideal for you, dropping off your kid when the daycare opens, or being home in time for a family meal or your favorite show.
An office’s work time policy can also reveal a lot about culture: if everyone is expected to clock in and out at a specific time, that same approach might apply to what technology you can use, what you can wear, etc.
7. Appreciating the mobile office
Things happen in our personal lives, and as much as we try to keep them out of our professional life, sometimes things overlap. Does either company have a strict policy on taking sick days or leave? Are you able to work remotely when needed, and is this an important factor for you?
Some organizations prefer their design and development team to always work in a collaborative setting. Others may be more flexible in terms of allowing individuals to work from home when needed.
These flexible options are important to consider for your long-term satisfaction: you may not need to work from home early on, but as your role grows and your life expands to include children, you’ll be grateful that you kept remote working as an option.
8. Assessing your initial communication
Pay close attention to both employers’ communication styles throughout your initial interview process. Were they quick to answer any questions and pro-active in keeping you updated? Did you feel like you’d be able to come to compromises together when needed?
Evaluating your initial communication is a great way to determine how accessible an organization may be. If you’re emailing one contact and having a different person reply a week later, it can be a sign that the company is unorganized.
The trump card when choosing between two jobs might be which company seems more responsive to your requests or questions. Open, clear communication will only become more important as you progress in the role.
Trusting Your Gut
You can go back and forth until both job offers expire, but there will always be your intuition to consider.
A job can come out on top on paper, but when you’re gut is just telling you it’s not right, it’s usually not right. It’s okay to trust that weird feeling even if you can’t pinpoint where it’s coming from. Your brain knows you better than anyone else, and sometimes you just have to trust what it’s telling you.
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