Congratulations! You’ve received multiple job offers – now you get to choose between them. While a great problem to have, deciding which opportunity is best can be daunting. Common factors helping you decide which offer to take include salary, benefits, career path, company culture, location, and red flags.
Salary and Benefits
An effective way to start comparing multiple job offers is via salary and benefits. There is always more than salary to consider. Weigh the pros and cons of each offer’s benefits package, considering whether the benefits match where you are in your life and what is most important to you. Also consider whether you are more passionate about one company’s work than another.
Matching Your Career Path
Look at each company’s position. Which most closely fits into your ideal career path? If both fit equally well, which puts you closer to your end goal? Are your skills at the level they needed to fulfill the duties of the more advanced position, or will you learn more and struggle less with the other offer? Which company offers the best advancement track for your goals?
Every company has a unique corporate culture. Consider how individual company cultures and your personality will work together, and how each company’s culture compares to the environment you see yourself performing best in.
The location of your future offices can make a significant impact on your overall happiness with a position. Consider your commute and the company’s proximity to nearby amenities (like restaurants, office supply stores, etc.) and whether these work with your needs.
Do extensive research about each company making you an offer. Sites like Glassdoor.com are a great starting point, but try to make connections with current and former employees on LinkedIn as well. Every company has its drawbacks, so focus on whether they have any red flags that might keep you from achieving your goals or encourage you to seek another opportunity.
By carefully comparing the opportunities each offer provides, you can get a good sense of which job fits you best on paper—but ultimately, trust your gut if you have any doubts.