Fri., October 21, 2011 5:45pm (EDT)

WORKING: Deciding Between Two Job Offers
By Joshua Stewart
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Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Most job-seekers would love to be in this position: two companies have offered a job and they are both good opportunities. It can be tricky, though, when they are both part of the same parent company. Brandon Smith guides us in making the decision – and not making enemies in the process. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.flickr.com/photos/lokner/4164251472/>Michael Lokner via Flickr</a>.)
Most job-seekers would love to be in this position: two companies have offered a job and they are both good opportunities. It can be tricky, though, when they are both part of the same parent company. Brandon Smith guides us in making the decision – and not making enemies in the process. (Photo Courtesy of Michael Lokner via Flickr.)
Every week, we talk to our resident workplace expert Brandon Smith about issues we all come across in our working lives and careers.

This week, Brandon tackles a question from one of his blog readers about how to handle the delicate situation of entertaining job offers from two different companies who are part of a common parent organization.

How do you decide? And then, how do you avoid burning bridges with the company you turn down?

Brandon Smith teaches about leadership, communication, and workplace culture at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. More of his advice is on his blog and at theworkplacetherapist.com. And while you’re there, ask him your workplace or career question. We might use your question on a future radio segment.