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How To Decide Between Job Offers: Nicole Cox Advises Advance Healthcare Network

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Decision Toolbox Chief Recruitment Officer Nicole Cox recently advised readers of Advance Healthcare Network of how to decide between job offers.

Excerpt from the article:

Receiving multiple job offers at the same time is a great problem to have. Although it’s certainly a privilege to receive multiple offers, deciding which one is the best fit for you can be stressful. With so many factors to consider, how can you be sure you’re making the right choice? ADVANCE gathered advice from several career experts on how to decide among multiple job offers. Should you ever find yourself in this difficult situation, these helpful tips can help guide your decision.

Look for red flags. According to Nicole Cox, chief recruitment officer at Decision Toolbox, a national recruiting firm, you should think of the interview process like dating. “If anything is bothering you during the dating/interviewing portion of the relationship, then it is not going to get better when you’re married,” she analogized. This means that if you aren’t overjoyed about the job opportunity or if it doesn’t match your long-term goals, you should probably turn it down. “Trust your instincts – if you’re sensing dishonesty, feeling disrespected, or believe they have an issue making a decision, then walk away,” Cox said. Put simply, if it doesn’t feel like a fit, then it probably isn’t.

Determine your priorities. Try to differentiate between what you want and what you actually need in a new job. Do you want the job with the best compensation package or a job that you will really love? According to Cox, compensation and benefits influence job decisions more than they should. “People often make decisions based on the bigger compensation package,” she said. Cox thinks that’s a mistake.

In addition to reviewing the entire compensation and benefits package, you should consider these questions:

Does the position meet your long-term goals?

Is the environment one that you’re excited to work in on a daily basis? Will you have personal and career growth in this organization?

Does the employer have the tools, resources and training you need to be successful in the role?

You should also consider things such as the job schedule, the commute, the company’s reputation, and the position turnover rate – all of which can (and should) influence your final decision.

Consider the company culture. Fitting in with the company’s culture is critical because it impacts success, productivity and turnover. “There is a difference between tolerating something and thriving,” Cox stressed. Clashing with a company’s culture can be distracting and impact your mood and productivity – as well as anyone who comes into contact with you.

To evaluate the company’s culture, you should do research and ask questions about the company’s values, goals and practices while interviewing. According to Cox, failing to do so is the biggest mistake candidates can make in his or her job search. “You have to interview the company,’ she said. “You need to walk away with an understanding of the leadership style.” What does the training or onboarding look like for your role? What are the expectations in the first 30, 60 or 90 days?

Check out the full article here.

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