Sifting through piles of job offers
July 7, 2014 11:47 AM Subscribe
Well, not exactly, but recent unemployment has led to an unexpectedly high number of interviews and job offers. I've never been in a position to turn down a job offer before, so I'm in need of some assistance from the hive-mind! Snowflakes inside, of course.
posted by winterhill to Work & Money (14 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I was laid off from my job a few weeks ago and finished work quite unexpectedly last week. (I was called into a meeting and told to go home immediately and not return.) It was a no-fault layoff, the company had been in financial trouble for some time and the writing had been on the wall for over a year. I'm mostly glad to be out of there, to be honest. The pressure of working on a sinking ship was getting too much for me, anyway.
So, now I'm in a position where I've been to several interviews and happily have a few job offers to pick from. There's the additional complication that I've got another interview, next week.
Job A is one I interviewed for recently - it's a full-time position at a Big Corporate, reasonably interesting but standard corporate stuff, and the big downside of it (for me personally) is that it's located at Big Corporate's offices in Big City Centre, which would be a pig of a commute. I've been unhappily working in the middle of a huge city for three years in my last job, and I really want something different.
Job B came out of the blue today. It's a contract position, a very good sum of money (hundreds per day) for three months. They called me this morning, interviewed me this afternoon, and offered me the work on an immediate basis. But my 'sketchy company alarm' is tingling somewhat. It's a new startup in a small town, there were only two guys there when I went down to be interviewed, there was no server equipment (it's "on the way"), and it all seemed a bit strange. They are now hassling me for an answer - they basically want someone who can start yesterday. It's not a total scam - the company is in the sports sector and has had some fairly extensive news coverage in reputable channels (eg BBC) lately, but this job gives me the squicks for some reason.
Job C is a big complicating factor. It's the one I really want. It ticks a lot of boxes for me personally - a set of technologies I'm genuinely excited about working with, a small company but not too small, an ideal non-city location close to my family and friends, and a lot of training and development opportunities which are important to me at this stage of my career. But I had a phone interview with them last week, and they can't interview me until next week. This is the job I want, but if I say no to Jobs A and B, then this company doesn't hire me, I'm kind of up shit creek.
I grew up relatively poor with parents who both worked long hours and still live in a poor working-class place, and the concept of turning down a job offer is anathema to me - I've always struggled, and the idea of turning down work makes me feel fussy and diva-ish! But I can't take all the work I'm being offered. I don't think I want to take Job B - the money would be nice, but there are too many question-marks over the place for me to feel comfortable. I've worked at one tiny, struggling company already and don't want to jump ship straight onto another. But I really don't know what I should do about Job C. I don't feel that I can turn down Jobs A and B, in case Job C doesn't materialise. What on earth should I do, AskMe?!