How to Juggle Several Job Offers At Once
June 5, 2014 6:35 AM Subscribe
After a long, long stretch of unemployment, I landed a temp job that somehow kicked my resume into high drive. Great news! However, the amount of interest I'm getting and the urgency with which everyone seems to need to hire is really overwhelming to me right now. I'm worried that I'll get swept along into accepting a position that may not be the best choice. Please help me figure this out!
posted by pineappleheart to Work & Money (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
For whatever reason, my resume is suddenly earning a lot of interest. I'm very grateful to have twelve job interviews this week, but I'm completely exhausted and my brain can't really process what's happening to me right now. I had four job interviews yesterday, and each interviewer stressed that the positions needed to be filled RIGHT AWAY. I'm starting to get phone calls for second interviews, and while I know twelve job interviews ≠ twelve job offers, I think that all of the meetings have gone reasonably well so far and I might see an offer for at least one position hit my inbox as soon as next week.
None of the positions are terrible; in fact, I found that I had a great rapport with the interviewers at every one. The positions are all functionally similar in that I'd be an Executive Assistant under a CEO/President/Director with a "strong personality." (It's really unbelievable how often that euphemism comes up.) However, the pay really differs between each job; some compensate up to $20K more than others.
Since I've been unemployed for so long, compensation is really my first concern. I have credit card debt and owe my boyfriend hundreds in rent money. But I also want a pleasant office environment with, for instance, windows. The job that seems like it will come along first is one of the lower-paying jobs in a rundown office with no windows and a weird background hum that could be a broken A/C or an old PC or a portal to another, more boring dimension or something. The recruiter with whom I'm working and the interviewers have all been pushing the interviews along very quickly, and if the President likes me at our interview tomorrow, I could conceivably get a job offer next week. Another position that pays decently is in a highly corporate private equity office that isn't necessarily a fit for my personality, and they're making a decision very, very soon. Both final interviewers may hate me and I may get no offers whatsoever from any of these interviews, but I really want to be prepared. I've never been in this position before and I'm worried I'll take the first job I'm offered. The recruiter is extra pushy, and I'd really like a script for how to push back and ask for time to make a decision.
I've been out of a job for so long that I know I'm lucky there's potential for multiple job offers here, but I have my heart set on one in particular that's high-paying, creative, and would have me involved in a lot of projects; unfortunately, the interview process for that one seems a bit slower than the rest. I'd be so bummed if I got a request for a second interview with that company after I accepted a job offer with one I didn't like as much. Again, I know I may not get job offers from anyone, so I know I'm jumping the gun a little bit. But I have a ton of experience writing "thank you for the rejection" letters and no experience in negotiating multiple job interviews and offers, so any advice that could prepare me ahead of time in the off chance that this happens for me would be so appreciated.