Shelly Palmer

Friend Called in a Panic Last Week – 3 Companies May Be Offering Him a Job

I hadn’t heard of a similar multi-offer “problem” for about 4 years.

Of course I can almost hear other friends who have been looking for work for more than a year saying sarcastically: Problem? What problem? Yet he owes himself, his family, and the eventual employer to select the best option before he immerses himself enthusiastically in the job.

Here’s his problem.  

The least desirable offering is likely to be made first and the best offer last…probably 3 weeks later. Of course, each company will want an immediate positive answer.

While I thought that my friend was one in a million, a July 25thFortune article titled The Return of Multiple Offers tells me that 5 to 10% of executives, especially those who can prove results, are still able to chose from multiple offers.

Here’s the best advice I could give. The objective is to accelerate the preferred offer and keep the other companies offers open.

You have about 7-10 days to play this “game.”