Horrible timing or chance of lifetime?
December 19, 2006 12:56 PM Subscribe
Dream job in the wrong place at the wrong time. Previously on FlamingBore's questions: You'll remember I was looking at relocating to Portland, OR for a lucrative job being tailor made for me. Then it fell through.
posted by FlamingBore to work & money (13 answers total)
After that I looked a bit at other companies I might like to work for. I took a shot in the dark at one of them and emailed the founder/CEO a bold letter of introduction with my resume attached. I didn't hear anything until yesterday.
I got an email from him asking me if I was still on the market and wanting to know if I was willing to come out to meet in person with him and the team. I spoke with him to find out what he had in mind. He's looking to be *much* less hands on and wants someone to take over his role and run the company.
My big concern is that he stated he's hesitant to hire someone from out of state because he's had some bad experiences with people upending their lives to move there and the person not working out and he has to let them go. He asked how I would feel about making a two month commitment, getting a short term rental and seeing how things went. I'm confident that I could make a big impact, but am semi-concerned by the tentative nature of such an arrangement.
Needless to say, I'm floored. Professionally this is just the thing I've been working for. The timing, however, is horrid. I've not even been back in Chicago for two months. I'm in a sublease until the end of March. He seems willing to work with my timeframe, but it's still overwhelming.
I'm still not thrilled with my current employment situation, but I'm getting a new boss in January that could either make things better or *much* worse. Making a jump like this is super risky to me, but with that amazing risk comes the possibility of amazing reward.
Is the short term commitment enough of a red flag to not take the chance or is my current displeasure at work enough of a reason to make the jump? Thoughts?