Pat began his job search two months ago with minimum responses. He had
interviews -- even second and third interviews -- but no offers. Then, all of a
sudden, within one week, two companies called and made good offers. Pat was
taken by surprise and caught off guard.
How does he go about choosing the right one? He needs to get back to work and
start paying off some bills, but he is anxious about the state of the economy.
Which of these companies is going to survive? He's done his research and knows
the backgrounds of the companies, but there is something missing -- something he
needs to do before he makes his decision.
Assess Your Wants and Needs 评估你的需求
Pat seeks advice from a friend in the recruiting business. Together they lay
out a strategy to evaluate the offers. They put together a spreadsheet with the
company names across the top. Down the left side of the page they list Pat's
values and needs. Under each company's name they assign a score from one to 10
for each of the following:
Security 安全性: Pat has been laid
off twice in the past five years and is looking for a home with a solid company.
Balance 平衡性: One of Pat's top
personal values is his family. In his last job he worked more than 60 hours each
week. He is not eager to get back into that work frenzy again.
Job Satisfaction 工作成就感: Pat wants
to feel his work means something and that he's contributing and making a
Location 工作场所: This goes
hand-in-hand with balance. If he has to spend three to four hours a day
commuting (经常乘车来往) , it will mean time spent away from his family. Telecommuting
a couple of days a week may be a possibility.
Salary and Benefits 薪水和利益:
Important, but not as important as the other values. He wants to be paid what he
is worth, but would be willing to negotiate to get some of his other needs met.
After totaling the columns they compare total scores. The totals reveal that
although one of the companies offers more money, the risks are higher and the
time away from his family will not be worth the extra dollars. Pat can see how
his priorities will affect his decision and feels more confident having a tool
to work with to make the best decision for him and his family.
There are always variables that cannot be predicted when accepting an offer,
but using an analytical approach can make the decision more objective. Making a
bad decision can result in your being miserable and feeling unfulfilled, but
unable to leave because you have only been in the job for a few months. It's
always best to evaluate any offer, but if there is more than one offer to choose
from -- it is essential.
（来源：红枫英语 英语点津 Annabel 编辑）