Multiple job offers is a good thing

Over the past couple of weeks, I have had not one but, several clients with the potential of or actual multiple offers. That is good news; especially with all we currently have going on.

First of all, I always recommend not making any final decisions until you have a written offer(s).

Receiving more than one offer is very exciting but, it can also be stressful. What do you do? Which job should you take? Why is everything spinning?

Relax! Even though this can be a tough situation, it’s a good problem to have. Now it’s time to start comparing and contrasting the jobs to figure out which one is the best for you.

THE FIRST STEPS TO MAKING YOUR DECISION

1. Even though this is an exciting moment, try to fight the urge to accept right on the spot if you have other job offers on the horizon. Express your excitement and gratitude without actually saying “yes” or accepting the offer. Ask the employer when they need to know your final decision and let them know that you’ll get back to them with your answer. Then proceed to do a happy dance!

2. If you have to, try to negotiate when you have to give your final answer. One way you can do this is to request something that will cause a reasonable delay, like asking to meet with your future co-workers. Just make sure that you ask in a way that doesn’t make them doubt your interest in the job.

3. If you’re still waiting to hear back from another employer, mention that you’ve received another job offer and ask if they might be able to speed up the process. Remember to be professional and avoid saying things like “Could I get that job offer already? Jeez, you take forever.” Instead, try to say something along the lines of, “I recently received a job offer from another company and was wondering if you could possibly let me know where I stand in your hiring process by this date.”

If you use this method, you should have a response ready in case the other company says no. If they do happen to refuse your request, try not to cry — just say that you’ll try to get an extension on the offer you’ve already gotten.

4. Learn everything you can about each company so you can compare and contrast them to make the best choice for your future. Reach out to the employers and ask for any information about salary and benefits, opportunities for growth, schedules, working conditions, job duties, or anything else you’re curious about.

5. Make a list of the factors of each job that matter the most to you, including things like stress level and your projected work-life balance, and figure out how much of those aspects you can expect to have with each job. Use this information along with your gut instinct to make your decision. Your true feelings can be a good indicator of whether you should take a job or not.

6. Ask yourself which job will bring you closer to your ultimate career goals. Which job is going to give you the most experience, skill development, or knowledge in a new field? Are there opportunities for sponsorship or mentorship? Salary is important, but the potential for growth and development is equally important.

If both jobs stack up the same, consider things like daily commute time and company culture. If one job will add an hour onto your commute or if you can see yourself fitting in at one company more than another, you may have your answer.

TIME TO NEGOTIATE

As shared at the start of this, make sure that you actually have a written offer before you make any moves. Verbal offers don’t count as real offers, but if you haven’t gotten your offer in writing yet, you can use that to your advantage to buy you an extra day or two before you have to make your decision. You can respond to the employer who gave you the verbal offer and ask when you can expect to receive it in writing.

Be honest and mention that you have a job offer from another employer. This can be a risky move, but most employers will probably see you as more valuable if they can see that you’re in high demand. Employers will most likely appreciate your honesty and give you a small extension.

If both companies meet your needs, you might try letting each one know that you’re considering other offers and seeing how they respond. Depending on how badly they want you for the job, they might offer you additional perks to help you make your decision. On the other hand, if they react negatively — that might be enough to give you your answer.

If you are in this situation and want support navigating it, I would be happy to be of support.

Just reply to this email and we can arrange an offer negotiation support meeting!

I will be cheering you on from afar regardless!

I hope you enjoy and get value out of this week’s round-up of curated articles just for you that I know are providing the best of the best in the areas of Job Search, Career Transition/Exploration, Career Advancement/Leadership Development and Work-Life Balance/ Mindfulness.

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Have a great week. I will be sending positive energy your way.

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