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Most people have used looked at the Pros and Cons when making a decision. You know, making a list of the good and bad points to see which list is longer. This is a good method, because it forces you to write your thoughts down.
Another technique is to use a Criteria chart which forces you to prioritize criteria for your job search . While we’ll explain this using a two job example, this method is useful for making many decisions.
If you’ve gone through the assessment process, you should have a good idea of what you’re looking for in your next job: this is your Criteria. Make a list of your five to ten priorities (they might be: salary, growth, tuition reimbursement, casual environment and family). Next to this, list the qualities of each job.
Use a chart to analyze which position will meet most of your conditions.
|Criteria||Job A||Job B|
|Growth/Opportunity||Yes, they promote from within||Yes, open due to promotion|
|Tuition Reimbursement||Yes, after one year||Yes, after three years|
|Family||40+ hour week, some weekends||35 hour week, most people leave by five|
Job A has the higher salary and offer tuition reimbursement sooner. But, the pace may leave little time to spend with your family. You must decide if the extra money and earlier tuition opportunities are worth giving up time with your family.