I have a pretty simple way of helping people decide between offers. I ask them to set priorities at the beginning of their search. I then ask to evaluate how each offer meets the criteria they set out.
Sounds pretty simple but there is a skill to it.
Jack and Suzy Welch (he of GE success and fame) offer five other criteria that I think can help those of you who haven’t engaged in the process I coach. They were offered in response to a question from a reader who had to choose between two offers where the writer had a job offer from a respected company for a position with work they are passionate about but unpleasant coworkers without team spirit and from a soso company with work they are OK with and people they enjoy. The money is the same.
Jack and Suzy offer these criteria:
- Will the new job be filled with workers who share my sensibilities, or will I have to zone out or fake it to get along?
- Will the new job stretch my mind and build my skills, and otherwise take me out of my comfort zone, or am I entering at the top of my game?
- Will the new job open or close doors for me should I ever leave?
- Will the new job turn my crank, touch my soul, and give me meaning?
- Who am I making happy by taking this job, and am I OK with that bargain?
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