The job market has changed significantly over the past 12 months. While finding employment remains tough for many job seekers, many in the IT community would agree that things have taken a turn for the better.

Candidates are becoming more confident. Each day, we encounter more and more candidates juggling multiple opportunities – something that was nearly unheard of six months ago. What do you do when you when you are lucky enough to find yourself in a position of having multiple job offers? Is there an exact science to handling this situation?

Timing is everything when juggling positions with two or more companies. Rarely does everything work out exactly the way a candidate wishes. Often they may find themselves with an offer from a backup choice and have to weigh whether to wait for an offer from their top choice. This is certainly a good problem to have, but one that can lead to a sticky situation.

The most important thing to remember in this situation is to keep your integrity in tact. Turning down the “bird-in-hand” can be risky, so you have to have a plan in place to eliminate the risk of damaging your professional reputation. Never accept an offer if you are not 100 percent committed. There is nothing wrong with asking for more time to gauge other elusive offers before accepting. Lean on your recruiter for advice. While they may have a vested interest in your accepting their client’s offer, the good recruiters understand you have to make the best decision for you and will advise accordingly. No recruiting firm wants to make that dreaded call to their client to inform them their consultant just reneged on an offer. It’s best to inform recruiters and potential employers of other opportunities you are pursuing early in the process.

While there is no exact science to handling multiple job offers, job seekers should always be honest when dealing with tough situations. Being honest, taking the time to make the right decision and fully committing yourself to an accepted offer will serve you well over the course of your career.

Gordon Kelly
Account Manager