When you’re looking for a new job, the number of choices open to you can feel overwhelming. Which job postings should you respond to? How many resumes should you send? What makes Company A’s offer better than Company B’s offer – or vice versa?
To make the right choice for your career, strong decision-making skills are a must. Here’s how to become a better decision-maker.
Limit Your Options
Too many options can lead to “analysis paralysis,” in which we’re so overwhelmed with the number of choices available that we simply can’t make a decision at all. Avoid analysis paralysis by limiting the number of options available. For instance, instead of applying for every position you’re qualified for, apply only for jobs at companies that have a culture or values that appeal to you.
Do a Cost-Benefit Analysis
Trying to decide between two job offers? List each one on a separate piece of paper. On one side of the paper, write down all the pros of working for this employer; on the other side, write down the cons.
Then, compare both employers, based on what you’ve written. Ask a friend to look at both as well if you want an additional perspective.
Give Each Decision the Time it Deserves
How much time do you need to make a good decision? Often, the answer depends on the impact of the decision you’re going to make. For instance, choosing which shoes to wear in the morning should typically take less time than choosing which job offer you’re going to take.
If you feel yourself becoming stuck, ask “How important is this decision in the overall context of my life?” If it’s a small one, go with your gut or flip a coin. If it’s a big decision, give yourself permission to take more time – but don’t use this permission as an excuse to procrastinate.
Know When to Ask for Help
Don’t hesitate to seek the advice of a trustworthy friend or professional colleague on the job search. Working with a recruiter is a great way to build a relationship with a professional who can offer inside advice and information about the jobs and companies that interest you.
Ready For Your Next Career Adventure?
At THE RIGHT STAFF, LLC, our recruiters help Minnesota job-seekers connect to some of the best jobs and companies in the state. If you’re looking for a new position or need help making a career decision, contact us today.