5 Questions to Ask When You Have to Choose Between Two Jobs
In November 2021, 4.5 million Americans quit their jobs—a record high in what is being knows as The Great Resignation. One of the main factors behind so many employees quitting their jobs is a search for better pay, benefits, and work-life balance as people continue to battle burnout.
A Credit Karma survey found that 34 percent of employed respondents would accept a job that paid less than what they're making if it entailed a more flexible work schedule.
If you are in the market for a job and are in a position to choose between two of them, there can be a lot to consider. That's especially true if you are looking to be more intentional with your job search and want to find a position that is right for you both financially and in terms of work-life balance.
"When it comes to evaluating—and ultimately choosing between—jobs, it's important to understand the complete package, financial and otherwise," says career coach Kristen Zavo. "The best way to ensure that the job is the best decision financially is to do the work before getting the offer."
Zavo suggests coming up with a budget and deciding on a minimum and desired compensation level that would best suit that budget. "In addition, before getting too far along in the job search process, job seekers must do their research on income ranges for their ideal jobs in their geographic location," says Zavo. "If it's not a match, one can explore other options that will meet their financial goals."
Sifting through corporate jargon and asking a potential employer questions about benefits and pay can be daunting, especially if you're early in your career. But it doesn't have to be—after all, you are interviewing them just as much as they're interviewing you.
Here are some questions to ask a company (and yourself) when you're deciding between two jobs.