Juggles as a Free Agent

will-s-0209Consider all your options while mulling offers.

With football season now at a close, weekends can really be tough for me. I do enjoy many other forms of sports, but nothing gets my blood percolating like the clashing of helmets out on the grid iron.

The great thing about the NFL off season is the period of free agency. This is an exciting time when players with expiring contracts have the right to negotiate deals with their current team, or possibly explore the open market to consider offers from other organizations. Capitalizing on the right decision can be a rewarding proposition for players as they carefully ponder their futures and juggle various offers.

Somewhere along your job search you may have the opportunity to mull over two or more job opportunities simultaneously. As tough as jobs offers are to come by these days, this could be a great problem. However, mishandling the situation can lead to disastrous repercussions.

Here are some pointers to help you stay on the top of your game:

Be truthful from the beginning. Employers are intelligent enough to understand that you are a quality candidate since they are considering you to join their team. Be honest during the interview process and inform them that you have pending interviews scheduled. This act of honesty can also enhance your candidacy and could even encourage hiring managers to act a little quicker to finalize their decision.

Don’t take anything for certain. In this era of economic uncertainly, make sure you perform your due diligence to ensure that the company you are about to join is not in a current state of disarray. Although you can’t control how things will unfold in the future, do your homework to determine which opportunity best fits with the long term goals of you and your family. Accepting the offer with the biggest salary may not be the smartest option.

Always ask for time after an offer is made. Let the employer know that you are appreciative about their offer and that you are excited about the possibility of joining their team. But, don’t forget to ask for a day or two to consider the offer. This gives you time to carefully ponder the important details such as salary, travel time, benefits, and opportunities for advancement. Ask the employer who you should call if you have any additional questions.

Always remember, you are a talented, accomplished commodity. Don’t underestimate your value in the global workforce. You may not be a multimillion dollar athlete out to land that next big contract, but having confidence in your own abilities can indeed elevate your free agent status.

Wil Smith is a Business Consultant for Workforce Solutions in the Houston metropolitan area. Wil has collected over 20 years of expertise in the areas of Corporate Training & Development, Recruitment and Operational Management; with the majority of that time working with a Fortune 500 Corporation. He has also worked in the Sports/ News industry as a Reporter and Broadcaster.


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