Often times, when we think of challenges associated with the hiring process, our mind immediately jumps to interviews. However, what happens after you get the job? Even further, what happens after you are offered multiple jobs? Weighing your options can feel overwhelming. Gone are the days when salary was the number one deciding factor. Today, potential employees are weighing everything from paid time off to remote working policies, and overall company culture. So, although it is a good problem to have, navigating multiple job offers can feel like a job on its own. Here are a few tips to streamline that process and ensure that you are headed in the right direction, with the right company, and in the right position.
1. Maintain Communication
Upon receiving both your verbal & written offers, it is important to be cognizant of the respective hiring manager’s time. Even if your gut is leading you in one direction, maintaining communication, and positive communication, will help you secure the best possible offer. As LinkedIn mentions, “Even if you have an idea of which job offer you are more interested in, stay courteous when talking to the other company because you may be able to negotiate with them and improve their offer.” It is important to remember that there are times when offers can fall through or change. So, you should never put all of your eggs in one basket. This is why it is imperative to maintain positive, sincere communication with your recruiters.
The sincerity is especially important when communicating your timeline. Jenny Foss, from JobJenny.com suggests saying something along the lines of: “I am so grateful for the offer and excited about the possibility of joining XYZ Unlimited. I know you want my response by Thursday. I have one final conversation booked this week with another company, and I’d like to see it through. Would it be possible to have one to three extra days to firm up my decision?” It is always a better route to offer transparent communication, rather than waiting for your other loose ends to be tied up.
2. Keep Your Resume Top of Mind
When weighing your options between job offers, it is important to consider not only the job at hand, but how it will add to your overall skillset and resume. For example, if you take a job at a larger company, you will acquire the notoriety associated with the name, and easy recognition for a potential employer. However, if you accept a position at a smaller company, you typically have more ownership of projects, which will diversify your skillset. The Forbes Human Resources Council noted that “The two biggest questions to ask are, “What will I learn at this company to get me to the next stage of my career?” and “What difference will I make in the organization to ‘move the dial’?” The path to better pay and higher titles rests on what skills and expertise you can share with future employers.” Consider how, or if, your specific duties will translate into measurable action items on your resume.
3. Request Time with your Manager
Although your potential manager is typically involved in the hiring process, it is especially important to carve out direct time with them before deciding to move forward with a company. If you do not mesh well with your future manager, none of the benefits will be worthwhile.
“A manager can truly make or break your experience in a position, and if they are not a good fit for your work style, you might find yourself quickly on the job hunt once again. Upon completing your interview process, if you feel yourself having additional questions for your manager or are unsure about their communication style, seek out that extra time with them before making a commitment.” Says Alyssa Mastrangelo, CSS PSG National Recruiting Director.
While your situation might appear enviable to some, it does not come without its own set of challenges. To combat this, remember to always communicate effectively, focus on strengthening your skillset, and be mindful of who you will be reporting to on a daily basis. Leaning into your intuition is critical to making a thoughtful decision, but you should also be aware of logistical factors and balance them equally. Once all is said and done, you can feel confident in your choice and excited about your new chapter. Regret is a word you do not want to have in your vocabulary, especially in regards to your career.
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