I changed my job a month ago, and this is my third job in 6 years. A few weeks ago, one of my best friends just went through the process of job hunting too and got a few job offers. This was her first time changing her job after working at the same company for three years. She asked me how I chose my job every time after I got job offers. And I gave her some advice which she found very workable and practical. She then analyzed the offers she got and accepted the best one she thought for her.
I would like to share with you my thoughts about how to choose the right job offer. Hope you can have some takeaways and be more confident when changing a new job!
很久沒來部落格了，最近一個月換了新工作，而這也是我六年來第三家公司。剛好在幾個月前，我一位很要好的朋友在同一家公司工作了好幾年之後，也想轉換跑道，歷經幾週的面試，她也順利得到幾份 offer，由於他是第一次換工作，便跟我問起選擇工作的考量跟 decision making 的過程，我給了她幾點建議，她覺得相當實用，經過幾天思考後，選了自己覺得最佳的 offer，上班至今也覺得相當滿意新工作。
Prioritize Your Wishlist
After working for one or two years, everyone has their wishlist for a new job. Some people might want a fancy office in a fancy building with good facilities. Some people might want a good package and welfare. Everyone wants something better than their old jobs, however, there is no perfect job and you can hardly have everything at once. Therefore, the most critical thing is: what do you want the most?
I remember my friend was struggling with her choices because she thought every one of her offers had something better and worse than another. So I told her what I do when I am looking for a new job every time: prioritize your wishlist.
There are many factors we care about a job and the first thing is to list all of them down. For example: job location, commuting time, job title, salary, welfare, facility, daily tasks, supervisor, management style, potential to grow, company scale, company reputation….etc. No matter how small of a factor is, just list it down so you can have a full picture of what you are facing.
After listing down the factors, prioritize them to know which are the most important things you are looking for in a new job. For example, my list was: location, job title, salary, supervisor, potential to grow. For me, I like to work in the big city where I can commute by the subway so location is the first thing that I will never compromise. As for job title, I see this is important at this phase of my career because job title means I have taken my career to a higher level after working in the industry for 5 years. Then I want a better salary, and then a manager whom I can learn from too.
The more top on the list is the more valuable factor to you when you choose for a job. For example, if you think location is the top priority, it’s better for you to choose a job located where you like, instead of choosing another job with a better salary but located somewhere you hate. And if you prioritize salary on the top of your list, you should take it seriously instead of choosing a fancy office with a package below your expectation.
Weigh the Opportunity Cost
After having this priority list, we now understand what we see as the most important thing and expect a new job. Now we need to understand what we might not gain in the new job by weighting the opportunity cost.
For example, having a job with good location and salary might cost us commuting time because the office might be in the city center far from where you live. A job in a startup with a fancy office and good salary might cost us a complete management system where you might find yourself working without guidance. I remember in my second job where I worked in a stable company with a stable package. I worked regularly from 9 to 6 without pressure, however, I had no sense of achievement and I could learn nothing from the team and supervisors. So I left after one and half years and then went to the giant tech company where I made my career to a higher level.
In my example, you can choose to work in a stable environment or a challenging environment. Both of them have their pros and cons. Just weigh your opportunity cost carefully and have the right mindset.
Choose the Right Offer for you
When my friend asked me for advice, she told me she had received advice from other people too. She thought every piece of advice was right and she had a hard time dealing with so many voices. And all I told her was how I would do: prioritize the wishlist, weigh the opportunity cost and choose the right offer. And the “Right” offer means the “Right” for “Yourself”.
Building a career path could be stressful, struggling and horrifying because it means to end a previous job and start a new life when working takes at least one third of the day.
No matter what you choose, you are the only person who will really feel the sense of achievement, or be responsible for an unsatisfying choice. So instead of listening to other people’s suggestions, just take a deep breath and start with focusing on yourself. Think of what are the most important factors to you, and understand your cost of making the choice. And you will choose the Right Offer from all the choices for Yourself.
What is your wishlist for a job and how do you choose the right offer when you have more than one choices? Share your thoughts with me by commenting and I look forward to reading them!
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當我的好友向我詢問建議時，她說她同時接收到許多人給她的許多建議，她覺得每個建議都滿有道理而她因此很難下決定。而我告訴她：排序願望清單、考量機會成本、做出最好的選擇。而這裡 “最好的” 選擇，是指對 “你自己” 最好的選擇。
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