2 Techniques to Objectively Decide on a New Job

By Amy Wolfgang

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.

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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!

5 Responses to “2 Techniques to Objectively Decide on a New Job”

  1. Marie

    Apr 14th, 2011 :

    That’s definitely some good advice, and deciding between two jobs is a tough decision give the impact it can have on your life and future. I was reading the Burchard & Associates Professional Pointers blog post about how to decide between two job offers. It suggested to first try to forget about the money aspect, so your decision isn’t bases solely on the one with a high salary. That way you can accurately and without bias compare the two decisions based on your career goals, as you stated. Good points.

  2. Feb 3rd, 2013 :

    I love my coworkers (mentors) at my current job. I have been open about interviewing with another organization. My director is trying very hard to arrange a promotion for me but I’m afraid it is an up hill battle and will not happen in time to keep me. I am very emotionally tied to my current job. The new job has a better title, pay and a lot more responsibilities. I have been praying for a new opportunity, here it is … Why am I so torm?

  3. Coach Wolfgang

    Feb 26th, 2013 :

    Diane,
    Thanks for the comment. Sometimes stepping out of your comfort zone is a hard thing to do, even if the new opportunity is better. All of this is part of the natural process. You also might be scared to leave your coworkers and relationships you’ve created at work, but your friend ships can continue outside of work. If you feel this new opportunity is best for your career and health then you know what to do. Hope this helped.

    Coach Wolfgang

  4. kei_santos

    Mar 8th, 2013 :

    Hi, my current job is marketing exec For a recruitment firm been with the company for 8 mons, I have a job offer for an account executive position in an IT industry. They offered a high salary and great comish scheme compared to my current job. I signed the JO and decided to resign but didnt push through with the resignation cause my manager resigned, so Im next in line. She said I might be offered the manegerial position but not sure until our CEo will discuss with me. Im torn on what to choose the new job with high salary and better comish but its hard core sales for IT products and services while the other one is marketing manager or project manager with less salary and straigh comish quarterly, comish relies on our replacemt since its a recruitment firm. the old job is kinda near my place while the new job takes 40min-1 hr. i dont know which job to choose, the promotion or new job offer. help!

  5. Amy Wolfgang

    Mar 19th, 2013 :

    Deciding on your next position, whether at the same company or a new opportunity can be very difficult for many of the reasons you list. It’s a big decision, and I have a few thoughts for you to help in your decision-making process:
    - Ask yourself, what are your top 5 values in a job (stability, advancement, independence, location etc)? Once you have identified those values, how does each opportunity meet those values? Does one meet more of them or to a better degree?
    - What career or job do you hope to be in after this position? Or what position do you hope to have in 3-5 years? Do either of these jobs provide you with the skills and experience that will help you move to your future position more quickly?
    There are many factors in choosing your next position. I hope by answering the questions above, you have a good start toward your answer!

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