What do I do When I Have Too Many Career Choices?

At one time or another, we’ve all faced the difficulties that come with searching for a job. After all that hard work, it can feel pretty amazing to get multiple job offers. 

That is until you have to make a decision.

Dealing with two job offers may feel like both a blessing and a curse. Having multiple options can be overwhelming and leave you second-guessing yourself. 

If you find yourself trying to make the difficult decision and narrow down your career choices, I’ve got some tips to help you decide. 

  1. Review the job market

The first thing you should do is research the job market. Take a look at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the different career paths. 

You can also search sub-categories related to the careers you’re interested in, like job growth potential, average salary, advanced positions, and even where some of the demand might be for different roles. 

This information is helpful because you don’t want to set yourself up for a career that might have a dead-end future or limited growth.

  1. Reflect on your long-term goals

When choosing a career, you must know what your long-term personal goals are. Many people find that making one year, three year, and five-year career goals help them stay on track for their future. 

So, if you want to own your own hair salon one day, it would be beneficial to work in a related field so you can learn and build up to your eventual goal. While it may be tempting to accept a position in a higher paying job in an unrelated field, it ultimately may not help with future goals. 

When choosing your career, always keep your end game and future career goals in mind. 

  1. Thoroughly research the company

Don’t feel pressured into taking on any offers you don’t feel comfortable with. Recruiters have a job, and that’s to recruit you to their organization. That means they’ll tell you the company’s upside but might be leaving out some hidden details they might not want to share. 

Resources like Glassdoor can gauge employee satisfaction and company culture, which might help you decide whether you want to work for a particular company.

  1. Negotiate your offers

You know what you’re worth, and with multiple job offers, you should be negotiating for the salary you deserve. Letting a potential employer know you’ve received multiple job offers with higher pay could be the bargaining chip you need to get your dream job with the salary you need. 

Make a professional counter and see what happens. Worst case is they say “no.”

Don’t over-complicate things. Yes, choosing a career is a big decision. With the tips above, you will find the right career and set yourself up for success.