about getting my dream job at a nonproft. Well, the story hasn't ended!
So, as I said in my last question
, I'd spill the details if I got the job, and I'd disappear with my tail between my legs if I didn't. I'm sure you all assumed that since I hadn't updated, I didn't get it, but it's not quite that simple!
At this point, one month, 18 hours' worth of interviews, and lots of stress, anxiety, hopes, and prayers have gone on, but things are finally down to the wire. They're checking my references.
There are a couple of things that stress me out about this already -- for example, 2 of the companies I have worked for in the past have gone out of business -- but those things are out of my control.
My major question is about my current place of work. Today, they've sent an email to my manager that blatantly states I am looking for employment, with a questionnaire to fill out about me. He has already read the email. He does not know that I know they've sent it to him.
(FULL DISCLOSURE: I was not at work today. The reason I know this happened is because a coworker of mine sat down at his computer to work on something while he went to lunch, and the questionnaire the non-profit had sent about me was open on the screen. We do not know if he has responded yet or not.)
I suppose there is some small chance that he won't bring it up to me, but assuming that he does, what is my best way of answering his question, leaving a good impression if I DO end up leaving for the other job, and making sure my current position stays intact if I do not get the job offer?
I'm sure he will ask me if I'm looking for another job. Here are my options, as I see them, but please add more if I've overlooked something.
1. Tell the truth, that I have been looking for another job since my raise was denied.
2. Tell a lie, that working for this nonprofit organization happens to be my dream job (true!), but that if I don't get this job, I am not otherwise looking for a job.
3. Tell a BIG lie, that I'm looking for another job in the daytime (I work graveyard shift) to supplement my income.
Problem with 1: I usually abide by the idea that honestly is the best policy, but I'm not sure if it is in this case. I'm worried that if I tell the total truth, my manager will start looking for a replacement for me, and I could end up jobless by the end of all this.
Problem with 2: If I don't get the NPO job, I will continue job hunting, and I think it will reflect poorly on me that I told him I would not continue job hunting, yet he continues getting calls checking my references/work history. I'm sure he'll put 2&2 together, and again, I may end up jobless. If I DO get the NPO job, this seems like the most painless way of going about it, but nothing in life is certain except death and taxes...
Problem with 3: Many of our employees have multiple jobs, so while this one is believable, I'm sure it would reflect very poorly on me if I did get the NPO job, then put in my 2-week notice right after assuring my manager I wouldn't.
Are any of these reasonable? If not, what is my best course of action?
Thanks again! Sorry to keep stringing you along, but my real name is attached to my account, and I don't want to make things worse for myself. If I get the job, I still promise, all will be revealed!