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December 22, 2011 10:31 AM Subscribe
After a period of redundancy (thanks, ConDems) I am being swamped with job offers (well, two). How do I deal with this?
I have been out of work since the end of September and Do. Not. Like. I was offered a post in my field of expertise on Tuesday (this is First Job). It pays a reasonable wage, is for around 6 months (OK with that) and is a long way away (takes a couple of hours on the train, driving would be about an hour and a half - I've agreed with the potential employer that travelling every day will not be an option and depending on the requirements of the job, which I know will change as the project moves forward, will be working from home for three days a week). I verbally accepted First Job when it was offered to me yesterday and am anticipating paperwork through soon confirming times, dates and salary.
Completely out of the blue, I have also been contacted today by someone I know from a previous role I held, who is offering a short to medium term position in Same Field, with a broad job outline that reflects my specific skills probably slightly more closely than First Job and which would be located much closer indeed to home (as a comparison, return train ticket to First Job would be about £60 / $94 each day, whereas to Second Job it would be about £7 / $11 return).
I don't have the details of Second Job yet but will find them out in a phonecall I am about to make. I have explained in an e-mail to this second person what my situation is, but it sounds like they still want to talk me through Second Job.
My question is this: assuming all things are equal, and that proposed salary and length of work contracts are similar, and given the obvious difference in travel times and their implied costs, what is the best and most graceful way to decline First Job? I'm not worried about my reputation, as I think if it's done properly people should be able to understand why I might want a job that's similarly remunerated but much closer to home, but I just don't know how best to frame this conversation (if indeed I have to have it - Second Job could potentially pay peanuts). Complicating factor - someone I know well and have worked with before is working at a senior level at First Job place and was the person who tipped me off about First Job. How do I approach them if I do decide to decline First Job?