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3 Job Offers – Which One to Choose?

3 Job Offers – Which One to Choose?

With the demand for skilled professionals on the rise, many are put in a situation where job offers are pouring in at the same time.  This is a happy dilemma, but the task of choosing your next career move becomes tricky.  These steps may help:

1. Ask yourself why did you set out to look for a new job? 

There must be a reason when you agree to go for that job interview.  Did you need a change of environment or relocation?  You were looking for a career progression?  You believe that there is a better job out there in the market?  What was the reason?

2. Analyse the stage of career that you are at now.

Take into consideration your age, your career expectations, your interests and family commitments into account.  Try to understand, evaluate and prioritise what is important to you.

3. Realistically, create an idea of your ideal job.

You may prefer a job with flexible time, or in a less/more challenging environment, or a globetrotting job that can possibly give you invaluable experiences.

4. What can you compromise on?

Is money more important to you or the ability to work with the best brains in the industry – even at a lower salary?

5. Now, take a look at the offers you have.  Weigh them according to which one is closer to your ideal.

6. Once decided, you may negotiate with the company (that you wish to join) for a better package.

If you have not gathered enough information during your interview sessions to make a good decision, try asking for another telephonic session with the hiring manager or the HR for further discussions into the role or the package.   

Once you have accepted an offer, it is a good gesture to politely thank the other companies who have offered you a chance to work with them.  Whatever you do, do not burn the bridge.  

Note:  It is generally not acceptable to:-

  1. Show your offer letter to another company in hope of securing an even better offer.
  2. Ask every company for the best offer and the highest bidder secures you – there can be no end to this and offers do not wait around for you. 
  3. Demand a ridiculous amount from your company if they want to counter offer you.

Once a company suspects that a candidate is doing any of the above, the offer is usually withdrawn and the candidate may be blacklisted. 

When I was a fresh grad…

With technology being so advanced nowadays, applying for jobs or simply knowing which company is hiring is so easy.  When I first started looking for a full-time job after graduation (years ago), hotmail was not a popular tool and social media was not in existence.  I remembered that we were still using dial-up access for internet and things moved very slowly then.

Being a fresh graduate, I had nothing to sell but my enthusiasm.  Mostly, I sent out job applications via snail mail.  Each job application “pack” consisted of the cover letter, the curriculum vitae, the stacks of photocopied transcripts and not forgetting the S$1 per print passport-size picture and the cost of S$0.50 postage per mail.  Applying to jobs in the past was a tedious task.  Employers expected you to follow all the instructions stipulated in their newspaper advertisement, or you may not be considered at all!

For companies that accepted applications through email (which was rare at that time), I will doggedly attach my resume with a perfect cover letter.  After many rounds of failures (no calls), I will tweak my email messages with some of them sounding really desperate.  With technology (i.e. emails), it was still difficult to land those interviews for a fresh graduate.

Eventually of course, I did get a job.  But being a recruiter now, and looking back at those days, I do have some clues as to why it was so tough for me. 

  1. I was overly ambitious and applied to many senior, nice-sounding positions which I was definitely not qualified for.  
  2. Even after landing an interview with a job in Sales, I told the company that I wanted a Marketing job. 
  3. The email which I am sharing with my “atypical” brother reads : dontmailme@singnet.com.sg

To all the fresh graduates out there:  watch your attitude, understand yourself and be realistic and most importantly – do not give up!

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