When Was The Last Time You Were Between Offers, And How Did You Decide Which Was Best For You?

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At the start of this year. One part time fixed contract at a charity, the other permanent full time at an agency.A bit of context: I left my previous employer where I'd been for 12 years because I wanted something different. It was a tough decision between stability (the agency) and work with a purpose (the charity). For me in the end it came down to why I left my previous role. The agency felt similar to my past experience and I felt more excited about the project with the charity. (I realise I'm lucky to be in a financial and home situation where I can make that choice)I've definitely got what I wanted in terms of something very different and it's given me some learnings to take forward in my next search. Plus being part time has given me some space to explore some other ideas, and spend some time restoring myself which I needed. The reduced pay has forced me to prioritise in other areas of my life too, "do I REALLY need to buy that", which I very much hope to take forwards.
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Hey Jade, Thanks so much for sharing😄!I‘m also leaning towards a part-time job so I have the time for myself to make sure I‘m also growing personally rather than only professionally.Is your new position a freelance-based role?
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Hi Linda, it's a fixed term contract, so I'm employed and get all the benefits. I'm in the UK, and the rules around how freelancers are contracted here changed in April, so it was something I looked into (incase I wanted to boost my income) but it's all a bit of a mess and no one knows what they're doing 😂I read below you're interviewing next week, wishing you luck!
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Thanks, Jade!!I‘m a bit nervous about this interview as it‘s the last one for this company and it‘s a 2hrs process.. (God help me😅)Apart from that though I‘ve been freelancing part-time for a community manager role. I‘ve been using this tool actually which has been very useful so far.https://weareindy.com/
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I'm sure you will ace the interview!Thank you for the recommendation, I'll take a look.
About 6months ago. Both for full-time software engineering positions. They were both for smaller companies than my previous employer. It mostly came down to (1) money (2) the vibe I got from the people I talked to (3) what I could learn when working at the company (4) what I could glean about the company culture in terms of what was important to me (e.g. low bureaucracy, transparency, etc.) (5) risk I'd be taking since both are startups.
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Hey Emilie, Thanks for getting back to me. My situation is actually very similar to yours. One of the companies that are thinking to make me an offer has a high bureaucratical process, but the people are nice to talk to and they were very friendly. However, the other one is a company I really want to work for, but they have delayed the last interview for next week...So, I‘m basically hanging on for that last interview and hope for them to make me an offer as well.How do you feel now about your decision. Are you satisfied with your new position?
I'm happy with my decision so far. Good luck with your interview!
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Thank you Emilie :))
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About a year ago when I was deciding on my current position.1 was a government-funded non profit, way more general marketing role that was expected to kind of be everything marketing. Product was kinda boring. People were incredible, benefits were great, but growth just didn't feel like it was there. I didn't want to be a generalist anymore. Mainly in-office work. The 2nd one that I ended up choosing was fully remote, also great team, interesting company that really valued marketing and copywriters. I just... was SO excited by the idea of being around people who cared about all the same things as me - testing, copy, optimization. And to have watched the company grow on the back of incredible copy and an incredible product. I didn't want to commute, the salaries were similar, and the people at both places were great. But when I thought about what I wanted to do on the daily, one clearly won out!
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That‘s a great perspective Arina!Both of the roles I‘m waiting for an offer are remote, however, one of them has employee benefits such as health insurance and a growth budget. I totally agree with you, about being on a team with like-minded people and looking for inspiring colleagues where you can learn from and upgrade your skills. Is your fully remote position a contractor or an employee?
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It’s an employee position :)
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That‘s awesome!!😃 Congrats!