In the thick of your job hunt, many scenarios will likely run through your head. “Did I submit the right resume?” “Am I making a good impression with this recruiter?”
However, many qualified professionals find themselves blindsided with a less likely scenario:: multiple job offers. Admittedly, this is not the worst problem in the world to have. However, it’s a decision that shouldn’t be treated lightly.
Perhaps you’ve been offered one role and you’re waiting to hear from another. Or maybe you have two offers on the table at once. Unfortunately, there is no standardized algorithm for choosing the right role, but there are some steps you can take to make sure you come close!
Know what you value
As with any major decision, it’s key to know what’s important to you. Obviously, everyone wants the same things out of their career: great pay, room for growth, and a fantastic company culture.
However, not a lot of people take the time to rank these elements. Do you value career advancement over a lofty salary? Are flexible hours more important than an office gig close to home?
These are things that should be considered during the application stage, of course – however, having these rankings established will make a huge difference.
Be open about your situation
Choosing between job opportunities shouldn’t be a decision made in secret. Many young professionals are hesitant to let companies know that they’ve been extended opportunities with other employers, for fear of leaving the impression that they’re not 100% committed to the position they applied to.
Recruiters and manager understand that the job market is, in many ways, a competition to acquire and retain the best talent. It would be silly of them to assume that you had only applied to their role, much less reprimand you for it.
Kindly but firmly letting your contact know that you are currently considering other offers and setting is a key step. This transparency helps all parties involved in this business decision and allows you to keep an open line of communication.
Ask the right questions
One of the most direct benefits of letting your potential employer(s) know about your multiple job offers is having the chance to ask additional questions and get to know more about their perks in relation to other companies.
It’s also a good chance to negotiate salary, work hours, and any other aspects of the position that you value. While you’d have an opportunity to do this regardless, having another offer on the table can give you some extra leverage if the employer really wants you on their team.
Facing this unique scenario may be a bit daunting at first. However, it is a great way to improve your career prospects for the role you do accept and showcase your negotiation and professional skills to your potential employers.