Choosing the job that’s right for you

You’ve been offered a job, or maybe even more than one, now you need to decide whether it’s the right opportunity for you.


How to pick the best opportunity

If you’re lucky enough to be in the position of being able to choose between two roles, you want to make sure you make the right decision. On the other hand, you could have been offered a new role and need to decide whether it’s the right career move for you.

In short, this article provides some guidance on a few things to consider when you’re weighing up your options.


Do you have a thorough understanding of role?

Are you ready for a step up in responsibility? Or more importantly, are you clear of what is expected of you in this new role? What will your day to day tasks be, how will you be measured on your performance? You don’t want to move into a more experienced position within a new business and feel completely out of your depth. Equally, you don’t want to be unclear about your responsibilities and discover that it is actually too junior for you. Either way, it would make your work life stressful and unpleasant and may mean you end up moving on quite quickly. Therefore, it’s important that you are clear on what’s expected of you.

Challenges push us and provide us with a great opportunity to grow and further develop our skills. If the new role is challenging, however realistic and achievable, go for it!


Are you interested in the business and the industry they operate in?

You may have been offered an opportunity in a retail organisation and one in an accounting organisation. Although one may be slightly better paid, it’s important that you can ‘get behind’ the business and are passionate about the industry they operate in.

We spend 1/3 of our life at work, you should find a job you’re passionate about at a company you admire and want to support.


Money isn’t THAT important.

Money is important, that goes without saying. However, when deciding on your next career move, there are many other factors that should be considered in conjunction with the financial aspect of a role. Accepting a new job simply because it pays more than what you’re currently on may backfire. The benefits and type of culture that an organisation offers can also be extremely important factors that influence your decision.

Aside from money, a recent Glassdoor report highlighted the top four considerations job seekers take into account are location/ commute, work-life balance, benefits, and career opportunities.



No matter how much you love your job, the people you work with can really make or break the experience. Sadly, you get very little time to work out whether an organisation is a good cultural fit or not. Make the most of the time you get in an interview to measure how much you get along with the people you’re talking to. In addition, you can also use the question portion of the interview to ask about the company culture, ask if they have a social office, or even what the interviewer likes and dislikes about the culture.

Furthermore, most companies normally offer an office tour in which you can see where you’ll be on a day to day basis and potentially meet your team members. This will give you a feel for the office environment and whether you believe it’s suited to your preferred working style.


Is this what you really want?

Make a list of the things your current role is missing and see how many comparisons you can draw between the gaps and the role you’ve been offered. This should highlight whether the role is exactly what you’re looking for or whether you need something else. An example of this may be progression. If you are currently in a small team where there is a big gap between you and your boss. Look for a larger function that has a step in between. Think about what you’re motivated by and what you need to do to achieve your goal.


Turn Opportunities Down

Don’t be afraid to say no to opportunities that aren’t right for you. There are plenty of roles available and a bit of persistence and patience will allow you to find the right job. At the end of the day, you’d rather wait another month to find a perfect fit, than leave your role after a few months because it wasn’t right.


Deciding where you’re going to work is difficult and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Although there’s no one formula you can use to help you decide, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons and consider whether it’s what you really want.


Author: Decland Wren

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