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Decision Making

By Tiffany A. Dedeaux 

When it comes to a job search or making a career decision, it can be tough when you do not feel like you have all the information to make that decision.

So there are a couple of things that you might want to consider. One is based on what I do know, which decision seems right for me at this moment, or based on what I do know and where I am going with my career, what is the best decision for me at this moment. If that does not exactly sit well with you, chances are you want more information. Then, think about where you could get that information. What questions do you need to ask? What are some sources? Do you need to do an informational interview with somebody to talk more about the team or that opportunity?

Maybe you want to talk to the hiring manager and find out more about their management style so that you can figure out if that is a good fit for you. If you need more information, see how you can go about getting that information. If the situation is such that you can tell that this is pretty much the information you are going to have to work with, then you get to decide whether you are going to move forward. Are you not going to do anything and wait for more information to come in? Because even not doing anything is a decision.

Sometimes some opportunities come up where you do not have all the information. The important thing is to just not decide what you are going to do about that, but be intentional, and write that down because if you write it down, you will be able to remember when stuff starts to shift and change based on your decision to act or not to act to move forward or not to move forward. Then you will be able to go look back and remember: ‘I didn’t have all the information. So this is why I decided what I decided.’ If you do that for yourself, it will make things a lot easier when you are in the middle of everything changing, and you can go back and look at that.
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