Q&A: What Factors Should I Consider When Choosing Between Two Job Offers?
My general advice is to always take the road that leads to personal or professional advancement. However, let’s look more specifically into the idea of workplace benefits because I think you may be overlooking a key factor.
First of all, what are you thinking about what you consider “benefits” of each job? When most people think of benefits, we immediately think of dental plans and 401ks, but that’s not all there is to it. Really, a benefit can be anything that makes the job more attractive to you as an employee, and not everyone has the same idea of what a “good” benefit really is.
For a mother of young children, for example, a flexible start time or work-from-home days could be a godsend. For a young tech-savvy worker, on the other hand, the opportunity to work with and learn on cutting-edge technology might be a more appealing benefit.
Not every company can offer the top-of-the-line dental plan, but the good ones make up for it with other incentives. And the best companies are the ones that translate those benefits into every aspect of their company culture to make the day-to-day grind more interesting, engaging, and rewarding.
So, besides compensation (including salary, healthcare, etc.), what are getting out of each position? Which one sets you up for success? Which one allows you to work at your happiest and most productive? Which one has a company culture that fits with your personality?
Yes, you should make sure you have the essentials in terms of health/vision/dental and whatever you need to be healthy. But, beyond that, you should also consider the less tangible benefits of working at each company. Just because company culture isn’t listed in the official benefits package, doesn’t mean it’s not important.