- Do not go for the most prestigious job. Your advisor may really want you to take this top school job to have one more medal on his chest, but think about yourself. What quality of life do you really want? The higher ranked the department, the more stressed you will be, and the least likely you are to get tenured.
- Think not just where you want to work, but also where you want to live.
- Listen to your spouse. The divorce rate is too high among assistant professors, or many end up moving anyway as they finally listen to their spouse.
- Industry jobs are more lucrative, but they are also more stressful, and much more constraining in terms of topics and hours.
- Consider it: you may like teaching.
In summary, think more about the life you want to live, and less about the work you want to work.