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The Best Way To Decide Between Multiple Job Offers

While studies show that the average time to hire Software Engineers is about 35 days, for those in the middle of a job search, the process can seem far more arduous. For managers or executives, the job search process can last for months (or even years for top CEOs).

At the end of what can be a long and effortful process of finding a new job, a job seeker is now faced with a final hurdle. Which offer to choose?

This is a good problem to have, but a problem nonetheless.

Perhaps you are like Felix Feng who had to choose between eight job offers after completing a coding boot camp or maybe you are further along in your career and are faced with deciding amongst 3–4 offers (as I witness with many of my senior-level coaching clients).

Sometimes, the offers are easy to rule out. Perhaps you have an offer from your dream company that is head and shoulders above the rest. In most cases, the various proposals all have their merits, and it is a smart thing to be deliberate in deciding which will be the best offer for you.

Especially if you are looking for a job in a highly competitive market for talent (e.g. like many jobs in the technology industry), the ability to assess and choose the right offer is an important one. In this post, I will share a method that will help you analyze and determine the best job for you.

I call it the “Decision Table” method.

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Salary Negotiation Case Study – 20 Minutes for $25,000

What if a few minutes of your time and a little courage during a salary negotiation could earn you tens of thousands of dollars or more?

Negotiation is a high leverage activity. It doesn’t need to take a long time but can result in a massive payoff.

Surprisingly, most people don’t negotiate their salary (or anything else really!). If they do, they leave money on the table. A survey by Salary.com revealed that only 37% of people always negotiate their salaries whereas 18% never do.

The top reasons why most people aren’t negotiating their salaries?

1. Fear
2. Lack of skill

We all want fair compensation for the job we do. Negotiating helps you educate others on what you believe to be your genuine value. It is also a practice that can help you determine the appropriate level of compensation for a job. Experts agree that most companies expect new employees to negotiate their job offers.

Therefore, why not do it?

This blog post shares a story that will convince you of the importance of negotiation.

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