You’ve been searching for jobs for a long time and now it’s time that you finally got a job offer – congratulations! And, then another one comes in! So overwhelming! Or, what if the offer you got isn’t the offer you want because you’re waiting to hear back from another job you applied for? Should you just take any job? Let’s explore how to navigate through these situations.
In most scenarios, a job offer will be made over the phone or email and is followed by an offer letter that outlines the details. When you’ve received an offer, there is usually a time frame that the employer sets on when you need to make the decision by. You can negotiate this timeline! If you’re still waiting for a response on another job so you can compare your options, don’t be afraid to ask for more time to make this important decision. A lot of people are scared to ask for more time, but you shouldn’t feel pressured to accept the first offer you receive.
Estefi Herrera, Mass Communication major ’19, ran into this problem. After receiving her first internship offer, she was excited, but she really wanted an offer from another employer who was her top choice and had yet to make a decision about her candidacy. She was worried about how to communicate with her top employer to influence their decision-making timeline. After talking with a career advisor, Estefi realized that having an offer makes you a more desirable candidate in the “job market”, which she could use to her advantage in persuading her top employer to move faster. Estefi says, “The Career Center is a hidden gem on campus. I always had seen the Center as just resume reviews but they are so much more than that. A career advisor helped me by walking me through making my internship decisions all while teaching me professionalism and problem-solving skills to navigate through the multiple offers!”
You can use the same technique if you receive multiple offers at the same time to negotiate aspects of the offer including projects, responsibilities, salary, start date, and other perks. Once you receive an offer, it is expected that you negotiate the terms of this offer including salary and other considerations. Multiple offers make negotiation easier for you because you have different offers to leverage against each other. Fully consider both practical and personal elements when deciding including money, perks, location, but also how you felt about the interview and company culture.
The most important thing to remember when deciding about offers is that once you make a decision and officially accept, you should stop your job search and decline other offers and interviews. Deciding to reject an offer after you’ve accepted it causes distress for employers. So, remember, that as a GC student, your reputation is connected to the overall reputation of the university and poor professionalism could risk opportunities for future students.
If you are…..
- deciding between offers and not sure how to decide
- needing to negotiate an extended deadline
- looking to negotiate salary, responsibilities, or other offer details
- needing guidance in your professionalism throughout the offer process
We’re here to help! Talking your decision through with a career advisor is very beneficial and can help make your decision a little bit easier. If you need an immediate response from a career advisor and can’t wait for an appointment, just give us a call at (478)-445-5384 or come in to see us (110 Lanier) and let us know that you need immediate advice and we’ll help you!