Sometimes jobs are like the proverbial busses: There’s no sign of one on the horizon and then, suddenly, there are two. In the case of jobs (not so much for busses) your interview and application skills pay off more than you could have hoped and you end up with more than one offer of employment at the same time…
While you’ll likely be patting yourself on the back that you’re so popular, you might well also be concerned that it’s going to be tough to decide what to do in this situation. In an effort to help, here we consider some of the main areas you might want to think about.
Hours and pay
Does one of the jobs involve longer hours – and more pay – than the other? For those looking for a job that takes up the whole of the working week, the choice will be obvious – the job that will give you more hours of experience and more pay will probably be the one you opt for.
Likewise, if you’re doing something like study for part of your time, you might well opt for the more part time option.
That said, don’t let your decision come down to how much work you are being offered initially before you’ve asked the employer whose hours don’t suit you quite so well whether they might be able to change these for you. There’s no harm putting your feelers out about such things if you think a change in what they can offer you might have an impact on your eventual decision.
Often, we are trying to have new experience when we work, for a variety of reasons. One of them is that variety is, as they say, the spice of life (quite an appropriate saying for a hospitality jobs site, we must say!), another is that new experiences help us get our CV better and better.
Does one job offer more new experiences and responsibilities you’ve not yet tried? Keep this is mind as you make your decision, and again be sure to check with both employers as to what it is they can offer if needs be.
Close to home
It can sometimes not be the first thing you think of when you’re weighing up job options, but being able to live close to the place you work is a real bonus that can make an untold improvement to your working life. Long commutes suit some of us, but they can also be a pain! Is one of the jobs easier to move close to than the other, for some reason? If both jobs seems about as good as each other on other fronts, this could be a factor to help you tip the scales.
Keeping in mind the limitations of this sort of thing, consider your instinct about what you already know of the employer from visiting them for an interview. For example, did one seem like a very friendly place to work where you actually enjoyed talking to your interviewer, while the other didn’t impress as much on this front? Remember that you won’t have seen everything there is to see about an employer when you visited them to try out for the job, but considering what you did see is likely to play some part in your decision.
Berkeley Scott is a specialist hospitality recruitment agency.