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How to Handle Multiple Job Offers – Know Your Values, Evaluate Your Touch Points

Choosing between job offers is something that needs to happen before you receive them. How is this possible? Identifying your values and inventorying your recruitment experience can help you make a decision – as much as knowing what the total compensation  will be. Despite formidable competition in the San Francisco Bay Area, people get multiple job offers at accounting firms or tech companies all the time. For entry-level jobs, the salary is pretty standard so candidates need to know what else is going on at the firm. Researching a company to work at is not like searching Yelp.  It is a lot more complicated and you can’t always trust the reviews.

By Neepa Parikh, MS, LPCC
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Knowing Your Values Makes Deciding Which Job Offer to Accept Easier

Understanding yourself will help you make a decision and should happen well before an interview or even a decision as to where to go to graduate school. Look back at your career history and evaluate what you liked and didn’t like to extract your values. For example, my time as a correctional probation officer taught me that while I loved helping others by listening to their stories, I preferred environments that were less structured, where I had more autonomy to make decisions, and where my values were in line with those of my coworkers. My first graduate school internship allowed me to hone in my interest in working with adults on their career development.

Knowing one’s values is just as important as knowing the salary at a firm – a key to sorting out which job to choose. Some may value relationships with colleagues within the firm. Some may put more weight on a firm that offers commuter benefits or a flexible schedule. I call these things the intangibles. They can make a potentially good job, great.

Look for Clues in the Recruiting and Interviewing Process

By the time you get an offer, you may have had at least one touch point with recruiters at several firms. Up front, you have to ask yourself if they were friendly, approachable, or asked you questions – or even if this matters to you. Many of our graduates may choose between two of the Big 4 accounting firms based on this “approachability” criteria alone. The Lunch and Learns hosted by the Braden School of Taxation and the School of Accounting provide students a chance to assess whether there is a match between their values and those of the organization.

Your Checklist for Choosing an Employer  

Here are some things to consider when making your decision.

Position & Professional Growth

Title – Job Level
Professional Development
Promotion Opportunities
Autonomy/Decision-Making
Use of Talents and Skills

Company and Commuting

Geographic Location
Commuting Requirements
Travel Requirements
Size of Company


The Culture of the Company/Organization

Reputation/History of Company
Management Style of Supervisor/Company|
Work/Life Balance
Schedule Perks (Work from home, Flex-time)
People who work there
Commitment to Diversity

Compensation/Perks

Salary
Medical Insurance (Dental, Vision)
Benefits (401k, Stock options, Vacation/PTO, Leave)
Meals

You can also make a list of questions to ask yourself

Can I see myself working for this employer? How does the company treat its employees? Will I like working with this manager/supervisor/team? Will I like my future co-workers? How does the company communicate? What’s the company’s leadership style?

How to Find Out More about Companies? Do Your Research!

Finding insiders: these can be alumni from your school or people who work there. People who worked somewhere in the past may be as just as valuable in getting candid feedback about a company.

Glassdoor: You need to see what current and former employees are talking about in the reviews, not the numbers.  Reviewers might like things you don’t like!

Vault: A subscription resource with company rankings that includes transparency about the parameters. This is available through some public libraries and GGU’s Business Library.

Talk out your choices

As you are doing your research both online and in-person, consider talking it out with trusted individuals who will give you impartial feedback. Be careful to stay true to your own values, and not the values projected by others. Meeting with a career counselor or coach is a great way to start! Students at GGU get an unlimited amount of 50-minute career counseling appointments to identify their values, career goals, and evaluate job offers.

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Had we known about these accusations—none from within GGU—we would not have selected him as a speaker.

We can’t undo that. But we can state unequivocally that behavior of this nature is anathema to our values, and that people who engage in it are not welcome at GGU. The #MeToo movement continues to expose the distressingly widespread nature of sexual harassment, violence, and abuse, and the time for indifference and silence has long passed. 

An investigation has begun into the allegations. Meanwhile, we cannot reinforce a system where women, men, and others with stories of abuse and predatory behavior remain silent because they are afraid to come forward. No one should be subject to an imbalance where their voices are judged less important than those who hold power.

This news is deeply disappointing to those who helped organize this event and those who participated in it. Going forward, we will work to ensure that guests to GGU clearly understand and acknowledge our values in advance, and that we strive to maintain an inclusive and safe environment for our community.

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I love teaching at GGU. Students bring real life experience from a variety of career paths and they benefit from classroom learning that’s practical, applicable, and immediately implementable. It’s not theory we teach, but practice. Our students have complex lives with families, school, and work. It’s different from any other school at which Ive taught. Our students are mature and they’re committed to earning their degree. They challenge me in really good ways. They don’t just take my word, they really process it and dive into topics. They’re always willing to go above and beyond the requirements.

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