Empowering Candidates to Make Quality Decisions

  By Frank Burtnett  |    Sunday March 26, 2023

Category: Education, Expert Advice


EMInfo Reader: I’m finding more and more candidates challenged by making the job and career decisions they often have to make. How might I be more supportive of them during these times?

Dr. Burtnett: Candidates for job or career change, or those facing an important decision of any kind, are in need of decision-making empowerment. Staffing and recruiting professionals are uniquely positioned to help candidates for job change learn and practice how to make quality decisions.

As President Theodore Roosevelt once said, “In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” I believe he was speaking of the avoidance and procrastination and  that often interferes with quality decision-making.

Candidates for job or career change need to learn and practice the elements of good decision-making that I have created to show my students how they can be outstanding decision-making facilitators. They are:

Know there is a decision to be made. Every decision-maker must fully understand the existence and scope of any decision that lies before her/him. Not knowing is relinquishing personal power as others will likely make the decision for them.

Study and consider the any list of options or choices. Bring the decision into full light by devoting adequate time and attention to listing the varied actions that may be taken.

Consider the consequences (pros &cons) of each option. Identify the rewards and risks associated each option will generate.

 Eliminate options or choices that are not realistic or viable at this time.

Rank remaining options or choices in priority order as to their suitability and appeal..

Create a plan for implementing the decision, including a consideration of how others have made the same decision. Learn from others and include a Plan B if appropriate.

Identify the outcome(s) that will signal success and satisfaction that the right decision was made.


Implement and make a personal investment in the decision. Engage in any behaviors that are required to bring the decision to fruition.

Evaluate the decision and determine any “lessons learned” from the decision that may be applicable in future decision-making.

Empowerment requires a significant investment and engagement by the decision-maker, but  every positive decision will strengthen individual decision-making knowledge and skill for the future.

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