You likely spend more time at your job than with your family at times, so how do you know if you are making the right move.
So, I have officially started a new job to design and implement operations training with Amazon across North America. I am only in week one, but I already have a really positive and optimistic outlook about this company and role being a really good fit. But, only a few weeks ago, I had two job offers and making the right decision is life changing!
There is A LOT of advice out there about if you should/should not take an offer, how long you should stay at a job before you can leave so it does not "look bad" and if you should hold out for the next best thing or take what is offered first.
Here is my take on making the right decision when job hunting turns into job options and you need some guidance.
Do you know what you will be doing exactly?
This is so critical! Often times we are exhausted after interviewers drill us with rounds of behavioural based questions, case studies and group activities that we do not take the time to make sure we understand the basic requirements of the job. Even a sales person at one job that operates the fitting room can look different at another company where the same person is expected to help on cash, answer the phones and set up presentations.
It is not the interviewers responsibility to tell you everything. Make sure you ask about overall expectations, schedule of work, weekly and daily routines, meetings and anything else you can think of. And then, think about if you will actually enjoy doing that!
Set realistic, but hopeful standards
Everyone starts their job search at a different point - some people aim low to be satisfied with any result while others aim high and need to adjust to reality when time drags on.
You need to have an honest conversation with yourself about your skills, education and the type of roles you are aiming for. If you think you are worth $X and specific work schedule then you need to present yourself that way. Be realistic, but aim on the high end!
Always do what is best for you (and your family)
The only person that keeps your best interest a top priority is you!
To me, this means that if the job is a short-term solution for you, but the company is hoping it is long term, but you need the job for whatever reason - take the job. However, on the flip side, if taking the job means sacrifices (whether money, schedule, lifestyle, etc.) that are not worth the risk and you can afford to wait, then consider that option as well.
Do not take a job just because your current job sucks!
A lot of people have been in a situation where their current job is soooo terrible that they ignore all their common sense and take ANY job just to leave their horrible boss, terrible schedule or boring work.
Focus on what the new job offers - independently of what the old job provides. Are you keeping in mind the tips above? The new opportunity could be amazing or could provide more of the same, so don't let your current role cloud your decision making for your next role!
Not many people get the opportunity to compare job offers at the same time before having to make a decision. That is why I recommend building a chart that outlines your key benefits and setting a minimum score the job needs to meet in order to accept the role. I tend to get really excited about things and for me doing this helps to make sure I focus on the right priorities. Check out the Job Decision Tool I use. This does not make the final decision, it just helps to give you a perspective!