A reader writes:
I have been unemployed for 6 months. I keep going on interview after interview — all well prepared, well researched, well rehearsed and thought they all went extremely well. Then, nothing. Last week, I had three interviews that all went really well. The third I was offered the job on the spot, but I asked for some time to consider the offer based on the following:
1) It’s seasonal.
2) It’s only a month long.
3) It’s 35 miles one way.
4) The pay will have me break even.
Of course, I did not tell him that.
The two other jobs SEEMED interested in having me back for a second interview/ skills test (I’m a visual merchandiser, its not uncommon to be asked to “show ’em whatcha got” in store) before they hire by the end of the month. I’m concerned that if I take the seasonal job I won’t have the time to interview elsewhere. I also don’t want to say yes and then later back out, I don’t like burning bridges. However, my unemployment is running out and the seasonal position is the only one that has solidified itself.
Any advice would be much appreciated! Thank you!
I’m having trouble seeing the advantages of taking the job. There’s apparently no monetary gain, as you say you’ll break even on the pay. So it’s short-term, and without any financial gain. Plus you might even come out behind, since you said you won’t be able to continue interviewing during that time.
Is this job prestigious? Likely to add significantly to your resume and/or help you build important connections that you would not otherwise have? If so, those are valid reasons to take it despite the above. But if the answer to both those questions is no, then I have to wonder what you’d gain from it. It almost seems like at that point you’d be taking a job just for the sake of being employed — but not for any of the reasons you actually want a job, such as monetary gain, professional advancement, etc.
If you decide to turn it down though, I recommend explaining to the employer that the numbers don’t work out for you — that you’d just be breaking even. They may surprise you and make you a higher offer once they hear that, so it’s worth mentioning.