The Bird in the Hand, or the Two in the Bush?
August 20, 2009 9:50 PM Subscribe
I am a new librarian who is faced with a job search quandary. I applied very recently to Anonymous Library for a professional position. I really want to work there. I haven't heard anything back yet regarding my application. What to do about a current job offer elsewhere?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (12 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Some details: I am actually a past employee of Anonymous Library as a paraprofessional librarian, and my position was meant to lead to promotion to a professional position after completion of my MLS. Unfortunately, it became necessary for me to resign after just a few months due to a parent's health crisis, which necessitated my moving back home temporarily. It sucked, but family comes first, and my supervisor was very understanding. I was given a sterling, effusive evaluation upon departure and invited to come back when possible. All through the rest of my grad school studies, I have hoped to have the chance to return to this library.
Fast-forward to now: I've finished my MLS and, after waiting and waiting for positions to open at this library in the midst of current hiring freezes, some just opened up. I've applied. No word yet. This was only a few days ago, so I'm not surprised at all. However, in the meantime, another great library has just offered me a job. Excellent! But accepting it would mean negating any chance of returning to Anonymous Library in the foreseeable future.
Sorry for all the prologue, but I think it's relevant, because my question is this: what should I do about this? Do I take the "bird in the hand", which is a great job, and just forget about returning to Anonymous Library, which is my dream library? Chalk it up to bad timing? Or do I ask for a few days to consider and see if I can tactfully inquire with Anonymous Library's HR department as to whether there might be any interest in my application? Would that be pushy or tacky? The enthusiastic way I was invited to return leads me to believe that I might have a shot at getting hired for a librarian position, but with the job market now, one never knows. Also considering the job market, I don't want to foolishly give up a job offer on speculation that someone else might potentially maybe hire me.