Make a Choice: 5 Steps to Decide Between Job Offers

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Finding and landing a job that’s suited for you is never easy. You can expect to go through some difficult phases, but it’s important to keep your standards high and never settle for less than your worth.

If you’re in the charity sector (or trying to break in it), the selection criteria is slightly different compared to jobs in the public and private sector. In fact, many important aspects are different: the bosses, the colleagues, the expectations, the requirements, and so on.

Also, the reasons for choosing charity jobs are very different, and often much more personal. With this in mind, this post will take you through several ways that you can choose your next role. If you’re in a position where you’re choosing between job offers, you should definitely take these tips into consideration…

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1.   Do your homework as efficiently as you can

Before choosing any type of job, no matter whether it’s a charity type of job or not, you need to do your homework (and do it well). Taking a more ample look at the organisation that has offered you a job, is the single most important thing you need to do before preparing for an interview. Here are a few ways to tackle this:

  • Analyse the organisation’s online reputation
  • Think of a series of questions you can ask them
  • Talk to ex-employees and get real feedback
  • Foresee the entire work journey – how does it look, how do you feel?


Doing this research should give you the peace of mind you need to make a well informed decision. If you’re not convinced at this stage, you can either dig a little deeper for more information or drop it for good.

2.   Choose opportunities over a paycheck

The charity sector is filled with a number of unique opportunities. But, in some occasions, you may find yourself choosing between an amazing new experience and the salary you were looking for. Some charity jobs are lesser paid, but they give you the chance to create powerful connections with influential people and more importantly, make a difference in an area that you’re passionate about.

Michelle Keller, HR manager at Resumes Planet, suggests:

“Whenever you have to choose between two or more jobs, I’d suggest choosing the opportunities instead of the biggest paycheck. Money is money. It can be generated, lost, generated back, and so on. Opportunities, on the other hand…  can disappear quickly!”

3.   Think about the cause

When caught up in the hustle of job hunting, it’s easy to lose sight of the most important element: the “why”. Ask yourself – why are you applying for this specific job? How is it adding value to your career, and how is it enabling you to truly have an impact. Think about the bigger picture and figure out which of the jobs you’re choosing from will be more fulfilling.

4.   Talk to ex-employees

When doing your research, you might stumble across a few testimonials from ex-employees, but it’s difficult to determine whether these are genuine. So, instead of combing the internet for snippets of quotes from people who have already worked there, you may want to connect with them.

You could reach out to employees on social media platforms such as CharityConnect, Twitter or LinkedIn and ask people what their experience of working there has been like in the past. By getting an inside scoop on what it’s really like to work for that charity. With an honest outlook on the work environment, you’ll be able to determine whether the team and culture are really for you.

5. Take as much time as you need

Here’s the most important advice for today: never make a decision in a rush. Every job should be treated as a serious responsibility. It can determine what you’ll do for the next few years and has a serious impact on your overall happiness, so choose wisely.

Take the time that you need to make a well informed decision about your next career move to ensure that it’s the right one.

Have we missed anything? Share your advice with us in the comments section below!

Eva Wislow

Eva Wislow is a career advisor and writer from Pittsburgh. She loves helping people to achieve job satisfaction and success at work. Eva finds her inspiration in helping others find their true calling.

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