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Old 01-31-2013, 03:51 PM   #1
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Crazy Job Situation: What Would You Do?

Well, it's probably not necessarily a "crazy" situation, but one that I MIGHT be in in a few weeks. Hoping you guys can help a fella out.

I interviewed with the local college a few weeks ago for an I.T. position. I had applied for a couple of I.T. positions there, got interviewed for my "second choice" position and it sounds like they may be interested in hiring me. The pay isn't that great and I'm not sure what future I would have at the college, but it is much closer to home where as I'm currently driving an hour to work each day.

So I interviewed with an advertising company last week, and that seemed to go pretty well. I really liked them, loved the fact that they seem like a company that I can grow and advance my career with, and the opportunities seem limitless. However, their job hiring process on average is about four to six weeks.

So, let's say the college offers me the job I interviewed for (my second choice job from there) and then a week or two later, the advertising company offers me a job, what would you do? Would you accept the first job and then tell them, "Ya know, I got offered a job somewhere else, so sorry to bolt after a week", do you put them off for a week (probably not a great idea), or do you go on faith, turn down the college job and wait for the advertising company to get back in touch with you?

Keep in mind, at least I'm presently employed, so it's not like I would be left in the cold; I do have an option to fall back on.
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You can tell the college you'll need a week to decide.

As you're employed currently I'd say give the college job a swerve.
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:55 PM   #3
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Take the job and wait to see what happens in a few weeks with advertising company.
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Personally, I don't see this newfangled 'I.T.' thing being a long term deal.

Get into Animal Husbandry or porn.
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Old 01-31-2013, 04:00 PM   #5
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Do you have wife? family? If so, tell them you would like to talk it over with the family and get back with them at the end of the week. Don't hold off waiting for something else because that something else may never arrive. Also, why are you down playing the college job? I work with a university, and we have great benefits and pay, AND we get 3 free classes (including books) a year. Also, once you are in with the state, it's much easier to move around within the state as well.
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Personally, I don't see this newfangled 'I.T.' thing being a long term deal.

Get into Animal Husbandry or porn.
Actually I've heard gay animal husbandry porn is about to explode onto the job markets. It's got both the bulls and the bears excited.
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Old 01-31-2013, 04:11 PM   #7
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Actually I've heard gay animal husbandry porn is about to explode onto the job markets. It's got both the bulls and the bears excited.
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Take the job and wait to see what happens in a few weeks with advertising company.
This. Under no circumstances should you decline the college job (unless you like your current job better). You should also not tell them you need time to decide - they'll just hire someone else.

You should not feel bad for potentially accepting the college job, only to leave a couple weeks later to accept the advertising job. Companies have absolutely no loyalty to their employees. You can work somewhere for years and be laid off at a moments notice. The people you work with might feel bad, but the company wont. By the same token, you dont owe any of these companies anything.

Unless, you give them "your word" that you'll stay there for a certain amount of time, you should have no qualms about accepting the college job and leaving for something better.
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If you think you may enjoy the advertising company more than the college, then consider trying to push the college off for a little time. As someone else mentioned asking for some time to think it over/talk to family is perfectly acceptable. Secondly, you could spend that week negotiating for more money/benefits. Even if the advertising job doesn't pan out, you may be making some extra cash every check!
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This. Under no circumstances should you decline the college job (unless you like your current job better). You should also not tell them you need time to decide - they'll just hire someone else.

You should not feel bad for potentially accepting the college job, only to leave a couple weeks later to accept the advertising job. Companies have absolutely no loyalty to their employees. You can work somewhere for years and be laid off at a moments notice. The people you work with might feel bad, but the company wont. By the same token, you dont owe any of these companies anything.

Unless, you give them "your word" that you'll stay there for a certain amount of time, you should have no qualms about accepting the college job and leaving for something better.
I agree. I took a job once and the first two weeks my new boss was actually out of town. I was there for two more weeks before I quit.

Reason I quit was a week after I was hired by this company, ESPN called me. Few weeks of talking with ESPN and the rest was history.

So I mean I didn't know when I took the first job that I'd get an offer less than a month later from ESPN but I'm not turning that offer down.

I went in and told my boss this new offer had just come up and I was planning to take it...and he was pissed. "You're a sell out" "Remember karma is a bitch" "I was going to take you under my wing and mentor you" (He was the company CEO)

Yeah, that'll entice me to stay

Bottom line though-worry about yourself first and foremost
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Some have said to ask for time to think about your decision. You better hope they don't interview someone they like better while your thinking because they will pull the offer off the table.
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Yeah in today's job market it's hard to say "let me think "
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Re: Crazy Job Situation: What Would You Do?

What first said. Nothing wrong with making a u-turn in a couple weeks if a better opportunity comes up.
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I would take both. All you have to do with the IT job is outsource it to China.

Man reportedly outsources his own job to China, watches cat videos - latimes.com
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I would take both. All you have to do with the IT job is outsource it to China.

Man reportedly outsources his own job to China, watches cat videos - latimes.com
I think this guy should have gotten a promotion for his ingenuity.
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