The COVID-19 pandemic dealt a major blow to businesses – and led to a significant upheaval of jobs across most industries. While the Michael Page Talent Trends 21 report revealed that this shift resulted in an 8% average decrease in recruitment activity, a growing number of organisations are ready to bolster their workforce and hire employees with the expertise to drive success in a post-pandemic world.
Consequently, we’re seeing a highly competitive jobs market in which companies are going head-to-head for top talent. Job seekers with in-demand skills and experience now face a welcome challenge: how to choose between multiple job offers. If you find yourself in this fortunate position but aren’t sure how to sort the best from the rest, follow these tips to choose the right job for you.
1. Remember what you’re looking for in a job
It’s easy to be drawn in by a compelling salary package or the promise of attractive workplace perks, so it’s crucial not to lose sight of the job itself and what it will offer you on a day-to-day basis. Think about the sort of work you want to be doing, including your ideal responsibilities, projects and challenges. From there, compare each job offer by asking yourself:
- What would my day-to-day responsibilities and tasks look like in this job?
- What interesting projects or opportunities would this job offer me?
- How well would this job align with my experience, passions and interests? Not just now, but into the future.
Considering these factors is an important first step in accepting a job offer that holds the most promise of overall job satisfaction.
2. Weigh up the monetary and non-monetary benefits
Salary is undoubtedly a major deciding factor in accepting a job offer. In fact, it’s consistently found to be one of the most important benefits candidates look for when searching for a job.
However, salary alone doesn’t guarantee job satisfaction and some of the most sought-after workplaces today attract candidates through both fair remuneration and a suite of non-monetary employee benefits. Recent reports and studies have also found that other factors have become much more important to employees, particularly as the pandemic changed the expectations that employees had of their employer. Businesses that have recognised this shift are adjusting their employee value proposition to meet these new demands.
With this in mind, carefully consider the benefits that are on the table for each job offer aside from the pay packet, which could include:
- Flexible work arrangements
- Additional leave benefits
- Subsidised childcare, wellness classes or gym memberships
- Paid education opportunities
- Mentoring programs
- Volunteering opportunities
- Discounts or freebies
3. Consider your long-term prospects
A new job might offer you what you’re looking for right now, but what about two, five or 10 years down the track? Ideally, you want to be in a role where you have the opportunity to grow and develop – whether that means staying with the company long-term or honing the skills you need to take the next step elsewhere.
Review everything you learned about each job’s learning and development opportunities. Then ask yourself:
- Which job offers more or better opportunities aligned with your professional growth path?
- Which job will challenge me most? Is it pushing me out of my comfort zone and is that what I want?
- Which job is most aligned with my long-term career goals?
4. Look at the workplace culture
You spend the majority of your life at work, so it needs to be somewhere you feel safe, comfortable and included. Ensure you thoroughly research the business to find out all you can about each company’s workplace culture.
What values do they stand by? How do they approach diversity and inclusion? What does the team do for fun? How are they demonstrating their values to the market?
These are crucial questions to consider to make sure you’re a good cultural fit – which, unlike other benefits such as salary, can’t be changed once you start the job.
5. Take your time making a decision
Most employers will want you to make a decision relatively quickly, but don’t feel pressured to accept or decline an offer before you’ve thought it through carefully. Be transparent about the fact that you’re considering several job offers and will need a few days to make a decision. Most hiring managers will be understanding of the situation, and it can even be a useful entry point into salary negotiation.
When it comes time to make your final decision, ensure you compare each job offer against the same criteria – going back to something as simple as writing a list of pros and cons can help you see one job standing out from the rest. And keep in mind that sometimes taking a risk is what brings the biggest rewards when it comes to your career.
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