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Juggling Multiple Job Offers? Here’s How To Decide

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Today’s job market is prime for making a career change. However, after putting your resume out there, you may find yourself juggling multiple job offers. And while this may not be perceived as a bad problem to have, it can make for an extremely difficult decision. It’s essential that you make the right choice, but how? Here are a few things we recommend to our candidates:

Discuss it with your family

First and foremost, discuss any serious career decisions with your loved ones. You should do this early and often throughout the process! Your significant other may not be the one applying for the job, but chances are, they’ll be affected by such a major decision. If you have kids, involve them by showing them the area and exploring different schools and activities. The last thing you want is to fall in love with a position and have to overcome monumental roadblocks with those most important to you when it comes down to committing.

Make a t-chart

You know the ones – pros on the left, cons on the right. Make a t-chart for every possible outcome of each job offer. What are the pros and cons of job A? How about the pros and cons of job B? If I stay at my current position, what will the pros and cons be? Oftentimes, when you’re able to see everything laid out in front of you, it’s easy to find your non-negotiables or significant hurdles. This also makes it easy for you to weigh the options with your recruiter.

Think long-term

A job that looks great on the surface can certainly be tempting. However, what’s most important is your happiness and sustainability long-term. With each offer, consider things such as the growth opportunities, the team environment, and your work-life balance. This is where partnering with a recruiting firm comes in handy. We’ve been working with many of our clients for years and we can give you the inside scoop into what our opportunities really consist of! Reach out to one of our recruiters and we will help you make the right career move.

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How to Get a Candidate to Accept Your Job Offer in This Tight Market

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With this year being at an all-time low for unemployment rates, companies, like you, are being pushed to give higher wages, be more willing to relocate, and overall do a lot more to get and have great candidates take their job offer. And since the market is so great for candidates, companies are seeing a huge increase in ghosting from candidates when given an offer letter and even after accepting it.

But there are a few things you can do from your companies perspective that will keep those great candidates from leaving and going to another “better” opportunity.

Move Quickly

Moving quickly is a huge way to keep candidates on the hook and not looking for other positions. This way you can decrease the likelihood of them having counter offers, that will take them away from your position.

The killer of all deals is time. If you don’t move quickly, you will almost always lose the candidates you want to another company that is moving quicker. Even though the job market is great, candidates are still wanting to move quickly, and will not just wait for your company if they have another job offer on the table.

Be Unique

Make sure to juice up your company. Do you have a great company culture? Do you help employee’s support charities? There are tons of different things that make your company special. So, showcasing your best attributes will only keep candidates interested in your company and hopefully pass on other interviews and job offers. When you have a candidate that is excited about your company and morally loves what you do, almost nothing will keep them from accepting your offer.

Make Personal Connections

Making your company and people they will be working with accessible, is pertinent to keeping candidates on the hook. When they are in contact constantly with people they will be working with, they will want to stay on board with your company. It helps make them feel important and every person enjoys that feeling. So, instead of backing off after giving an offer, make sure to check in and have those personal connections with your candidates.

Opportunities for Growth

This is an important one to make sure you hammer into candidates you want to hire. Everyone wants to grow and well, earn more money. So, if you can explain to them how climbing the ladder works, it will help them realize how they can grow in their career. Explaining how promotions work and what they can expect helps them not be blindsided when they want to ask for promotions. And in turn, makes them more excited to work with a company that is so upfront. Being honest with growth potential and promotions will help you, in the long run, find great employees who want to stay. And keep your retention numbers even higher.

Overall, these tips can and will help you retain talent that you are dying to have. In today’s job market a lot of companies are hurting because there are not enough people to fill their open positions. And when you find a good candidate you do not want to lose them over small mistakes. If you keep in mind these tip’s you’ll be on the road to success with hiring great employee’s, who accept your job offer and you’ll have fewer candidates ghosting your company.

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Y is for Yes: What to Do Before Accepting a Job Offer

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Congratulations! You nailed the interview, you wowed the hiring manager, and you have officially been offered the job. Before you start celebrating, you must take some time to evaluate this job opportunity to ensure it’s a good fit for you.

Here are four important things you should consider before you accept the job offer.

Ask employer when they need a response by

Before you do anything, take a moment to thank the employer for the job offer. Let them know how excited you are about the opportunity. But before you do anything else, you need to ask how long you have to make a decision.

This will provide a timeframe of when your decision needs to be made. After you know when your decision must be made, you will have a better idea of how to proceed. The worst thing you can do is rush into a job offer and sign right away before knowing all of the details!

Knowing when you start

Another important thing you must ask is when the employer wants you to start? Is it in two weeks? A month? Two months? Every employer is different, and thus, you must know when you will be starting if you accept the job offer.

This will give you a timeline of when you need to give your notice to your current employer. The standard is a two-week notice, but if you are in a managerial role of some sort, you’ll want to give your employer as much of a notice as possible so you don’t just leave them high and dry.

Understand the benefits and perks

While you are making a decision, you must understand all the benefits and perks that come with the job. Does the employer have a matching 401k? How many vacation/sick days do you get each year? Is there dental, health, and vision insurance? The list goes on and on.

Benefits aren’t everything, but they’ll play a huge role in your decision! It’s best to know all the details so you know what you’re getting before you even walk in the door on your first day of work.

Negotiate your salary

As you evaluate a job offer, one of the most important aspects you’re reviewing is the salary and compensation package. Obviously, money isn’t everything, but you need to earn enough income to support yourself and your family.

If the offer comes in with a lower salary than you expected, now is the time to negotiate. The first step is asking if the salary for the position is negotiable. Most salaries aren’t set in stone and you’ll never know until you ask. If you are a solid fit for the role and the hiring manager likes you, the employer will more than likely be willing to negotiate a little bit.

And if they won’t budge on the salary, now is the time to reflect on whether or not the salary is worth reasonable enough for you to accept.

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O is for Offer: How to Evaluate A Job Offer

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When you finally receive that much-anticipated job offer that you’ve been waiting weeks for, it can be tempting to accept the offer right off the bat. However, when you receive a job offer, you must carefully evaluate the offer to ensure you’re not rushing into anything. After all, this is your career we’re talking about!

Here is everything you need to evaluate before accepting, negotiating, or even declining a job offer.

Money

Finances are arguably the most important factor to consider when contemplating a job offer. Obviously, there are other important aspects to evaluate with a job offer, but ultimately, you need to ensure the offer provides fair compensation.

Is the salary offered what you were expecting? If it’s a little less, is it enough to pay all your bills? If the answer is no, then you probably shouldn’t accept the offer right away. But if you really want the position, try and negotiate for a higher salary before you accept.

Need some negotiating tips? Check out our guide to negotiating a higher salary.

Benefits and Perks

Have you been briefed on the benefits? Reviewing the benefits and perks offered is essential when evaluating a job offer. Many people are willing to take a pay cut if the benefits offered are outstanding.

Ask for details about health insurance, life insurance, vacation/sick time/PTO, retirement plans, disability and any other benefit programs. Inquire about how much the benefits will cost out of your paycheck. If you still need more information, don’t hesitate to ask for the plan descriptions so you can compare the benefit packages.

And usually, when the benefits are good, it means the company does a good job of taking care of their employees!

Location of the job offer

Location doesn’t just refer to the city or state the job is located in, but also the proximity of the office to your home. If this job is a relocation for you, there are many things to consider before accepting a job offer, such as cost of living, recreational activities, distance from family, and so much more.

If this potential job is nearby, how’s the commute? Unless you don’t mind waiting in your car for hours, you may not want to accept a new job that has a crazy commute or terrible traffic.

Are you relocating to a new city? If so, you need to ask what the relocation package looks like. Some companies offer full or partial relocation packages to help you move to your new city. If the employer doesn’t offer any relocation benefits, you may want to think twice before pulling the trigger and accepting the offer.

Even if this is your dream job, you may be hesitant to accept the job offer if the location isn’t for you. You may love your job but ultimately resent your decision if you end up dreading where you live.

Travel and hours

Before you accept the job, ask about the hours you’ll be expected to work. Are you working 40 or 50 hours a week? Are you salary or hourly? Do you have the weekends off? Will you be on call 24/7? These are important questions to ask to get a better idea of what a normal ‘day at the office’ will look like.

If you are expected to work 20 hours a week overtime unpaid because you’re on salary, this may not be the opportunity for you. Work-life balance is really important and it’s essential that you double-check with the hiring manager that you will have a life away from the office!

When contemplating a job offer, everyone has a different set of personal circumstances. The same position may be a dream for one candidate and the worst nightmare for another candidate. Just ensure you take your time to thoroughly evaluate an offer before accepting (or rejecting) a job offer.

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H is for Hired: What to Do After Getting Hired

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Congratulations! You nailed your interview and you just received an offer from your dream job. Now what? You accepted the offer over the phone with the hiring manager. But what do you do next? When do your resignation with your current job?

Navigating the time between when you receive an offer and the first day of your new position can be tricky. Here is what you need to know for a seamless transition to your new job.

Wait for the official offer letter

Before you even think about submitting your two weeks’ notice, you need to wait for the official offer letter from your new employer. Technically, nothing is official until you receive, review, sign, and submit your offer letter.

Don’t submit your notice until you have carefully reviewed your offer letter. Read the fine print. Make sure it matches everything previously discussed and it coincides with what you are looking for in a new opportunity.

Now is the time to ask the hiring manager or HR any questions on benefits, paid time off, or any other questions you may have. If the offer looks good and you like everything you’ve heard, you’re ready to cross your T’s and dot your I’s.

Put in your two weeks’ notice

After you send off your official offer to your new employer, it’s time to submit your notice. Now, this can be one of the most difficult (and awkward) conversations you’ll have at work. However, it’s necessary to move on to your new opportunity.

Obviously, this is a conversation you will need to have in person with your boss. And make sure you tell your boss first. I know you may want to tell your closest co-workers, but the professional thing to do is to tell your boss in person, first.

Depending on your relationship with your boss, you can either head over to their office and ask to speak with them in private for a minute or you can schedule a meeting on their calendar. I know this is a difficult conversation, but just be honest and candid with your boss.

Have a last day in mind, (typically two weeks from your notice) so you can tell your manager when they ask. Thank them for the opportunity to work with them and express your gratitude for working with them. Shake their hand and move on to the next step.

Depending on your organization, you may need to draft an official letter of resignation. Keep this short and to the point. Basically, the letter needs to include a statement of resignation, your job title, the company you are resigning from, and the date of your last day of work. If you need help, The Muse offers a great guideline for writing a resignation letter.

Understanding what your first day will look like

Now that you have officially accepted your new job opportunity and put in your notice, you are probably curious about what your first day will be like. You may be wondering to yourself “what should I wear?” or “where do I go on my first day?” or even “what is my team like?”

Almost everyone has asked themselves these questions when starting a new job but don’t seek out the answers. Want to know what the office dress code is? Ask your new boss or someone in human resources. Want a better understanding of the dynamic of your new team? Look them up on LinkedIn and get a feel for who you’ll be working with.

Starting a new job can be very overwhelming. Getting a better idea of what your new work environment, the makeup of your team, or even just something as simple as knowing where to park on your first day, will help you put some of those nerves at ease.

Relax and enjoy the ride

Take a deep breath and relax. You deserve it! Enjoy the last few days at your current position and get excited about your new career path. Add your colleagues on LinkedIn and save the contact information with those that you want to keep in touch.

Accepting a new position can be stressful, but if you follow these guidelines, you will have a smooth transition into your new job.

6 Essential Steps for Job Interview Preparation

What is your first step after finding out you landed that interview for your dream job? Google.

So there you go, the top steps on how to prepare for an interview, right? While this list can be helpful, it doesn’t expand much on what to do. Let’s dive deeper into what to do when preparing for an interview.

1. Research the organization

This step is crucial because as a future employee (positive thinking!) you need to get as much background information you can. Yes, Google is a good place to start, but go a step further and find their website, check the mission statement and values. Make sure you know something about the culture and not just what the company does. If the company has social media check that out— typically social media holds more recent information.

Also during this step, prepare questions to ask the hiring manager or recruiter. There will ALWAYS be time for a question from the interviewee, if you don’t have one, this shows you didn’t prepare like you were going to receive the position. There is no way the recruiter covered all the information you need to know about the company or position to the fullest.

2. Compare your skills and qualifications to the job requirements

Look at the job description and figure out what qualities you possess that will help you during the interview. Additionally, figure out which skills you might not have in your tool box – prepare to be asked for both highs and lows. Figure out the strengths and weaknesses you have for the position before the interview, making sure you’re aware of what you might be questioned about.

3. Prepare Responses

So far you have *hopefully* planned questions to ask the recruiter and figured out what strengths and weakness you have for this position. Now think about what matters to the employer and try to figure out what types of questions you might be asked. There are the typical ones like “tell me about yourself” which is answered with an elevator pitch, a short one minute answer covering your career story. There also will be questions like “tell us about a time you had a difficult experience with a coworker” and “how did you hear about us?” These are all common questions that generally come up in interviews. Outside of the typical questions, each interview has job-specific questions which are really the nuts and bolts of the job. The recruiter is trying to figure out if you have what it takes for this job.

4. Plan what to wear

Of course, this is critical for interview preparation. No one wants to experience that last-minute panic when those black blazer pants are in the wash and you forgot! Everyone has one outfit they love interviewing in because it makes them feel good. ALWAYS have a backup! Here are the basic tips and tricks for an interview outfit

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5. Plan what to bring

Prepare a bag or briefcase to bring to the interview. Make sure to have everything in it. Pen, paper, the questions you’ve prepared, resume, cover letter (if needed), references, etc. Putting all documents in one folder looks very professional and shows the recruiter you’re organized. Just make sure everything fits in the bag nice and neat.

6. Follow Up

This seems so straight forward, yet very few individuals follow through with it. This could be a message on LinkedIn thanking the member of the organization you spoke to, or a quick email to your contact at the company. It’s the experience that counts, you learn something from every experience and individual you speak with. Where previously a handwritten note was the best way to thank someone, it’s not realistic in this day and age. If you’re going to do a handwritten note, make sure you also send an email to keep your name in the forefront of the recruiter’s mind. These notes show you really do care about the company and want to express your real passion for the position.

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6 Signs You’re About to Receive a Job Offer

6 Signs You’re About to Receive a Job Offer

 

Waiting during the job search process is a daunting task, specifically when you’re near the end and waiting to receive a job offer. I asked JSG’s most successful recruiting professionals for the signs their candidates notice prior to receiving a job offer. Relieve some stress and look for these six signs to gauge how well things are going.

Hiring Manager Initiates Next Step

You’ve heard this before because it’s a good one. When a hiring manager proactively invites you back for the next step in the hiring process,  recognize they are impressed and want to learn more about you and your potential for success with this company.

Pro tip:  A hiring manager who initiates the next step allows you a great opportunity to get a clear understanding of the company’s hiring process, what steps are left, and the projected timeline to the final decision.

 

Dinner or Unique Invitation

If you receive an invitation for a unique in-person interview, this is a great indication that they like you and are interested in going the extra mile. They may extend a dinner invitation, which means they want to impress you. They may ask you back to show your skills in an assessment. The proof is in the pudding; this means they want to test your skills and ensure you can execute.

Pro tip: Treat a unique interview with the same level of professionalism you would in a normal interview.

 

Staff and/or Executive Team Introductions

If the hiring manager starts to introduce you to staff members, this is a great sign for you as they are already projecting you in the position.

Pro tip: If there is time, ask some questions to make sure this is the right opportunity for you.

 

Consistent Contact – Meets or Exceeds Deadlines

If they promise to call you back by Friday and get back to you early. This is a good sign. If they communicate early and often it suggests they are interested in continuous engagement to ensure you maintain interest.

 

Privy to the Inner Workings of the Company

If the company provides insider details to a new product, project, or service launch, you have a good chance of landing this job. The hiring manager maybe providing details to gain your interest or insights.

Pro tip: Don’t show all your cards! Make sure you don’t provide a complete solution prior to receiving a job offer.

 

Client Introduction

Imagine your interview is over and the hiring manager walks you out of the office. Just before shaking hands, a long-time client walks through the door and the hiring manager introduce you. This is an investment and great sign of significance and will surely translate to a job offer.

 

While other factors may impact your ability to move forward, positive signs like these are a great way to evaluate the temperature throughout the hiring process. If you’ve experienced these signs but didn’t receive an offer, rest assured your opportunity and job offer is closer than you think.