Decide on a job

Dear Coach Wolfgang:

I received an offer for a new job but there are a lot of benefits in my current job. I really get along well with my co-workers and it is closer to my house than the new opportunity. How do I choose between the two?

Thank you for the question. Congratulations on receiving a job offer! There is often a misconception when people accept a new job offer that they did not like their prior job. Many times, however, there were many positive aspects about the prior job and the new position simply offers some better opportunities.

How To Decide Which Job to Accept

For those of you who have ever changed jobs or companies, you know how difficult it can be to decide to leave your existing position or company. This is especially true if you enjoyed your work, your co-workers, the company culture, or even just the company’s location.

When you are deciding to take a new offer, you may be torn. Not only would you be leaving your job but also you would be leaving the intangibles behind such as the people and the environment. It’s the personal aspects – the connections and the relationships – that may be keeping you from committing to a new position. It can be hard to separate emotion from the decision-making process.

There are several components to the career decision-making process but I will highlight two below that help bring objectivity to the process.

  • This is a good time to review your career goals and how your current and new positions are moving you toward those goals. Take a moment to focus on what you are looking to accomplish in your career and which position will ultimately bring you closer to those goals.
  • Review your values list. How does your current position and the new position meet those values?

Stepping back from the situation and evaluating it from these perspectives can make the decision-making process easier.

What was the hardest thing for you to leave in your last job?  Let us know in the comments section below!