Navigating the job market is a difficult task, but finding the perfect job that suits your current needs can feel impossible. Between the countless Google searches for “jobs near me,” the relentless resume revisions, and the never-ending stream of interviews, the process of finding employment can feel like an endless cycle.  

Just when the long and arduous interview process seems all but useless, a glimmer of hope appears: an email offering you a job. The only problem? It’s not the job you were so desperately pining for, and still have not heard back from your first choice company. What should you do when you receive a job offer that isn’t your first choice?

If you’ve found yourself assessing a job offer that isn’t your first choice, you’re not alone; from recent college grads to seasoned professionals, many job candidates face this same dilemma. Here are four questions to consider that will help guide your final decision in the right direction.

Examine Your Financial State

Evaluating your financial stability can help you decide whether or not your second-choice job offer is right for you. If your finances are in order, you might consider taking risks by applying for alternative jobs or waiting to hear from your first choice job. If money is a key factor in your decision, you might also consider working at a temping agency to network, and expand your resume while pursuing other job opportunities. 

Consider Your Potential for Growth

Mobility in your potential position and company are detrimental to growing within your field. If you can envision yourself growing in your company, it’s a clear sign there’s potential for a future from this employer. This will allow for you to expand your resume while gaining a wealth of industry knowledge. Research the growth of your field, and consider its potential for market growth. If you’re confident in your ability to showcase your skills, you should reconsider your second-choice job offer; however, if you’re seeking a new environment that challenges you, reapplying for alternative roles.

Be Vigilant for Red Flags

First impressions are important for both interviewers and interviewees. Recall previous interactions, interviews, and exchanges between you and your potential employer throughout the interview process, and consider any warning signs that may frustrate you in the future. Consider your coworkers’ demeanor, and whether you enjoy the company culture. If alarm bells are ringing after a handful of encounters, reassess your offer.

Consult a Professional

For the last fifteen years, Accountability Resources has been a finance and accounting recruitment leader in Austin, Texas. Our female-founded and owned firm has differentiated itself through our ability to partner, listen, and understand the needs of our clients to deliver results that exceed expectations. We strive to create long-term, lasting relationships that help your business thrive.

If you’re interested in hearing more about our services and utilizing resources to help elevate your job search to the next level, get in touch with us here!