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How To Compare Job Offers

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Activate Your Career Dreams, Career Change, Career Transition, Job Search Strategy

how to compare job offers

There are several ways to compare job offers. You can compare your current position (if you have one) to a job offer, or you can compare two different job offers against each other, or you can compare your current position against multiple job offers (lucky you!). The “Comparing Two Job Offers” worksheet will help you assess the opportunities.

Compare Job Offers – 3 Scenarios

You can use the worksheets in a variety of ways. You can list specific details for each category — for example, for “Base Pay,” that may be a specific number:

Scenario #1 Current Job Potential Job #1 Potential Job #2
Base Pay $42,000 $38,000 $45,000

Or, you could use a “Plus/Minus” system to assess whether a job is a better match to your ideal job profile:
Scenario #2 Current Job Potential Job #1 Potential Job #2
Length of Commute + +

You can also rank the criteria within a specific category. Give each line a score between 1 and 3. If evaluating your current job against two possible jobs. Conversely, 1 and 2, if evaluating your current job against another job.

The higher number in each line indicates the “best” fit so that when you total the category, the higher number “wins.” For example:

Scenario #3 Current Job Potential Job #1 Potential Job #2
“Interesting” Work / Creative Work 1 3 2
Challenging Work 2 3 1
Opportunity for Advancement 1 3 2
Chance to Contribute 1 3 2
Indoors/Outdoors 3 2 1
Work with Other People or Alone 1 2 3
Supervise Others N/A N/A N/A
TOTAL 9 15 12

In this scenario — for this category, anyway — Potential Job #1 aligns most closely with your dream job. You would want to assess the other categories as well. However, looking only at the “Nature of the Work,” this gives you an objective view of what might be a better fit.

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