The last step in this job search is to get one or more job offers that meet your priorities. The results of Tom’s research when he was faced with a critical job choice is shown in Exhibit 3-8. Monarch Communications had not made him an offer, although he felt one might be close. This option was included in his analysis, however,
because job hunters are frequently faced with the situation of “one or two birds in hand and ma ybe a better one in the bush.” How to deal with this quandary is covered in Chapter 14, “Evaluating Offers and Making the Final Decision.” At this decision point, review your thinking with a trusted friend. Tom did this and concluded his best
strategy was to try to speed up an offer from Monarch. Several days later he received it substantially as he had estimated it, and he accepted it.
When he started out his search, Tom found he easily deluded himself by thinking of himself as he wanted to be, not as he actually was. As he talked with many people, however, he got a better idea of what really made him tick: his strengths, his weaknesses, his interests, his values, and his priorities. No one could determine for Tom which
job to take—he had to decide that for himself.