“It’s a candidate’s job market.”
We’ve been hearing this a lot from our recruiters at Green Key Resources. Our teams are extremely busy helping their clients through a major hiring surge as COVID restrictions ease up. With more jobs available and high competition for top talent, candidates have a lot of options when it comes to the next step in their careers.
Compare that to 2020, when hiring was still sluggish and candidates had limited options, it’s hard to believe so much has changed within just a year.
“Last year, if someone got a job offer, they usually jumped at the opportunity,” said Ryan Calpin, Manager of Green Key Marketing Technology. “Now, when a candidate receives an offer, it’s quite common for them to have multiple job offers at once.”
With all the career options job seekers have before them, how can they make sure they’re making the right choice? There are a few things our recruiters recommend when considering multiple job offers.
Consider Your Long-Term Career Goals
The opportunity you choose shouldn’t just be the best one right now. Make a list of your long-term career goals and compare them to your job offers. Maybe one opportunity has the salary you want but it doesn’t have the opportunity to develop in an area of interest. A great job opportunity should align with your career goals and offer the ability for you to learn, pick up new skillsets, and grow personally, professionally, and financially.
Don’t just think about where you want to be now. Make sure your Consider where you want to be in 3-5 years in your career to help you figure out which of your job opportunities is most aligned with that vision.
Look Beyond the Pandemic Era
If we learned anything from the last 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that life is hard to predict. You may be working from home now, but as many companies push to return to the office in a full-time or hybrid capacity, you may want to consider how the potential of returning to an office may impact your day-to-day at a new job.
Look at your offers and consider the following:
- Does the company have an office that is easy for you to get to?
- Does the company offer the flexibility that you need for working remotely, hybridly, or in the office?
- How much will this job require you to travel in the future? Is that something you want to do, or do you want to avoid traveling for work?
- Does the culture of the company seem like one you want to be a part of every day?
Take into consideration whether the opportunity would be one you would take pre-pandemic.
Reconsider A Counteroffer
Many companies are trying their best to retain their employees by presenting counteroffers when learning an employee is considering leaving. Although you know what is best for your circumstance, you might want to think twice about accepting a counteroffer from your current company. A few months ago we offered 5 reasons not to accept a counteroffer that you may want to consider. But in short, if you’re looking for a new role, there’s a reason. Accepting a counteroffer may be like putting a bandage on a water leak – it’s only a temporary fix to a larger issue.
It’s an exciting time to be job hunting! There are a lot of great opportunities for candidates. Be sure to check out some of our other resources like how to negotiate an offer, how to quit your job, how to ace a virtual interview, and our recent articles about what to include on your resume and what to leave off your resume.
Be sure to check out all the opportunities our recruiters are hiring for on our jobs page.