Should I take a permanent job knowing I'll only be there 10 weeks?
July 27, 2006 1:30 PM Subscribe
There's a job I really want and I think I have a good shot of getting hired for it. The problem? They're looking for someone permanent and I know I'll only be able to stay for 10 weeks.
posted by anonymous to work & money (31 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a freelancer spending a few months away from home, in the city where I used to live. Because I'm going to be here for a few months, it would be (very) good to have a steady job, in part because a lot of my freelance work from home can't be done long distance.
I've registered with a bazillion temp agencies, talked to friends, etc., but the most appealing job I've come across so far isn't a temp job at all. It's an entry-level position at a (food) company I've admired for a long time. I'm an avid amateur chef, but have no professional experience. They know this and are considering me anyway.
The problem is I know I'll be leaving town in ten weeks. And in our brief phone pre-interview, the guy stressed that he was looking for someone who was going to stick around.
Now, I'm no idiot. What is this guy going to say to me? "Yeah, we're looking for someone who will leave at the drop of a hat"? Of course not. So I take the "someone who will stick around" thing with a grain of salt. If we were talking about McDonald's or Wal-Mart or something, I wouldn't be so tied up in knots about it because those places pretty much have revolving doors. For what it's worth, this place is not a multinational conglomerate, but it's grown beyond a tiny, mom-and-pop operation.
I don't know quite what to tell the guy at the interview tomorrow. I could be completely honest and try to make a case for my being a temp, but I'm not sure what that case would be, since that's not what they've said they're looking for.
On the other hand, I want to do the right thing, but I don't want to be a sap either. I respect this company, but I also know most companies would probably lay me off in a heartbeat if it became inconvenient to have me as an employee. I just don't know if I'm capable of turning the tables in this case.
Finally, I'm also worried that if I get the job and do leave after 10 weeks, it will burn a bridge with a company I always told myself I might want to work for, in a city where I'll very likely end up again after a few years.
Thanks in advance for any words of wisdom.