Daily Tip: Judging Multiple Job Offers

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Many tech pros have spent months (if not years) trying to land a single job offer. But sometimes all that hard work—sending resume after resume, posting to job board after job board, setting up interview after interview—can pay off in the form of multiple job offers at the same time. For your average tech pro, it’s an interesting conundrum: How to decide between different companies clamoring for your services?

The answer? Make lots of lists, to better organize your thinking. Here’s where to start:

List Your Strategic Goals

What do you really want out of a job? Is money the most important thing to you, or job security, or prestige? How could each of the offered jobs fulfill you on a personal and professional level?

List What You Want (Besides Salary)

Money is great, but what about the other perks? Do you want flexibility over where and how you work? Better healthcare, or the chance to work with an industry-leading brand or a programming legend? Make your wish list, and see whether the offered jobs fulfill anything on it.

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List Your Restrictions

Do you hate to commute? Is traveling around the world for work out of the question? Is a lack of coffee and good snacks in the office break-room a total deal-breaker? List all the things that would prevent you from taking a gig, and see whether they’re present in any of the offered jobs.

Assign Scores

Once you’ve assembled your lists, it can help to give each of the items on them a numerical score (1-3, or 1-5, or 1-10… whatever works for you), which will allow you to quantify what’s most important to you. If you value salary and stock options, a great healthcare plan, and a really short commute as your “1” or “most important” elements across the lists, and one job offer fulfills all those things, that’s an indicator that you should take that job. If a job offers you a “1” in some categories, but fails in others (lots of money, for example, but doesn’t offer much room for professional advancement), you could face a much harder decision.

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