Last week I wrote about two job offers that I received. Last Friday I accepted one of them and resigned from my job. Even though my resignation seemed to catch my management somewhat off guard, it went fairly well. I will have an exit interview with them later this week or early next week, and I will be sure to write about it.
As I mentioned in my previous article about comparing job offers, the two jobs were fairly comparable on several levels. The professional opportunity, health benefits, 401(k), commute, and travel requirements were all in line with what I was looking for.
The main differences boiled down to this:
Company A: 40% pay raise, $5,250 tuition reimbursement, formal company structure, formal business attire, rigid 8-5 schedule
Company B: 32% pay raise, $10,000 tuition reimbursement, informal company structure, business casual attire, flexible schedule, pension plan
My wife and I discussed the job offers at length, and while I think the positions both have a lot of potential, I accepted Company B’s offer. Even though the salary offer from Company A was larger than Company B, I chose the second job offer because quality of life is more important than money to my wife and I.
My current (soon to be former) job requires me to wear a suit and tie every day, and while I don’t mind wearing business attire, business casual is more comfortable and cheaper to maintain. I also like the idea of having more freedom with my work schedule. I think this will be extremely important if my wife and I have children in the near future.
Accepting the job offer
I contacted my interviewers and hiring manager last week by telephone and let them know I was accepting the job offer. I also signed and faxed the acceptance letter to the HR department. At this point, everything seems to be official. The only thing I wish I could change is my start date. My new employer is in the middle of a project and they need me to start right away.
I would have loved to use some of my vacation days with my old employer and take some time off. I also wouldn’t mind taking a week or two off between jobs, just to take a breather and catch up with some chores around the house. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
I won’t complain though! I am excited about this opportunity, and I look forward to working with a new group of people and in a new environment.