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How to Choose Between Two Jobs

Deciding between two job offers can be an exciting yet daunting experience. With each opportunity presenting its unique set of benefits and challenges, making the right choice is crucial for both your immediate career satisfaction and long-term growth. Here’s how you can decide.

How to Choose Between Two Jobs


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Perhaps you’ve applied for multiple roles without expecting to hear back from any.
In the space of a few days, you’ve been offered roles by two separate companies and you’re struggling to decide who to choose.

While it’s a compliment that both companies are hungry for your expertise, it’s no comfort having to make the difficult decision of picking between two jobs.

If you’re currently in this predicament, here’s how to decide.

1. Think long term

Before making any decisions, it’s a good idea to write down the situation you are in currently. For example, are you a fresh graduate that is looking for your next opportunity, or are you a mid-level professional that seeks stability and progression?

Consider using a pen and paper to write a profile of yourself. It might feel strange at first, but it helps you to separate from your preconceived thoughts and make conscious decisions.

Here are a few things you can write down as an outline:

  • Hobbies interests
  • Goals in life – short-term and long-term
  • Current position – i.e., unemployed/employed
  • Future plans – do you plan to relocate?

Once you have outlined a clear profile, you can start to envision your situation from an outsider’s perspective, allowing you to make more sensible and informed decisions.

2. Job analysis

The next step is to analyse both job roles in a constructive manner.

Pay close attention to the job descriptions, responsibilities and qualifications required. This can help you determine how each role aligns with your skills, experience, and long-term career aspirations.

If you’re applying for a role as a marketing manager, both jobs may be similar but have slight differences. It could be that the first role involves working with the design team and copywriters, whereas the other involves a lot of isolated work.

It’s a good idea to reflect on past experiences in previous jobs. For example, did you previously manage a team of assistants and enjoy it?

Think of your current strengths and weaknesses. If there is something you don’t enjoy doing in your profession, this is your opportunity to stay clear from it and focus on what you do enjoy.

3. Salary and benefits package

Although salary shouldn’t be the main deciding factor, it is an essential aspect of any role particularly if you are relocating.

Compare the salary of each role, whether you will get a bonus, stock options and other benefits they offer. It could be that one company offers free start-up equipment when you start the job such as a mobile device and a new laptop.

Similarly, if you’re in a job that requires you to travel frequently, make sure to check if you are reimbursed for any miles you cover by vehicle or public transport.

Choosing a job that provides a competitive package and meets your lifestyle is crucial for your long-term well-being and happiness at work.

4. Company culture and values

Company culture plays a significant role in your overall job satisfaction and professional growth.

Spend some time researching both company environments, their values and employee policies around maternity leave, sick pay, pension and leave entitlement.

Look out for information about the company's mission, vision, and employee testimonials to gain insights into its corporate culture.

If possible, consider talking to current employees to get a firsthand experience of what it is like working for them.

Opt for a company with a culture that resonates with your values and supports your growth as a professional.

5. Company size

The size of the company you have applied for is an important factor to make note of, as there are vast differences between the two.

Working for a large company often comes with a higher level of bureaucracy compared to smaller organisations, however, salary and benefits packages are often better.

On the other hand, working for a smaller company brings a sense of community and belonging, however, there are fewer formal procedures and benefits.

Finding the right fit requires careful consideration, ensuring you prioritise your long-term goals and overall well-being.

6. Work-life balance

Working in tech can often be a fast-paced and demanding environment. That said, assessing work-life balance in each company is critical, ensuring you can sustain a healthy life both inside and outside of work.

Consider factors such as flexibility, working hours, overtime, and remote working options.

If you prioritise family time, flexible working may be a benefit that you value highly. However, if you are someone that prefers to be in the office, look at how often people go into the office and the type of working environment the office is like.

7. Trust your gut

Sometimes, after weighing all logical aspects, your gut feeling is the most trusted instinct.

As the saying goes, trust your intuition, as it can provide valuable insights that data alone cannot capture.

Reflect on how you felt during the interview. How did the interview make you feel and, most importantly, did you like the people who were interviewing you?

If you’re still unsure, consider pushing all factors aside and ask yourself what job excites you more and aligns better with your instincts.

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Take your time

Choosing between two job offers is a significant moment in your career. Take your time to assess each company based on their job roles, company culture, work-life balance, location, benefits, and intuition.

There is no right or wrong answer; it depends on your goals and priorities in life.

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