Keep Interviewing After Accepting Offer?


Irene writes:
I’ve been unemployed for a month and just accepted a “temp to
perm” position this past Friday.
Here’s the catch: I’ve already received two more
calls for much better positions (after accepting the temp job). One
is through a family member and I am sure to get that position. The
other is also a good possibility. With a potential few interviews
during my first week of the “temp to perm” job … how do I pull all
of this off? The temp position is 99 percent likely to go perm with good
attendance etc etc…and it’s an 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. position. Is there a way to
schedule interviews around this? (especially when I have to dress up?)



The Career Doctor responds:
I have always advised my clients that job-hunting is often very streaky …
one often goes long periods of nothing happening — and then it all seems
to happen at once. And now you are faced with a number of decisions.
First what is the ethical thing to do? Since you have accepted this new
position and have already started working there do you abandon it so quickly
because other opportunities have arisen? My opinion is that there is certainly
no harm in interviewing but if you get offers from both new opportunities that’s
a different decision.
Second what’s the best career opportunity for you? My advice is always to
follow the opportunity that willgive you the greatest satisfaction or
do the greatest good for your career — in the long-term. Which of the three jobs
is best for you?
Third how can you go on job interviews when you are working all day? You
have a couple of options. You can ask for earlier — or later — than normal interview
times (such as 7:30 or 5:30). Or you can try and interview over your lunch break.
Or if those options fail you can show up late or leave early (and change to
interviewing clothes away from your current job).
And finally if you do interview and get a job offer from one or both places
and you decide to take one of them you would certainly not put the current
job on your resume; it would just disappear as though it never existed (as
you would do with any short-term stint).

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Irene writes:
I’ve been unemployed for a month and just accepted a “temp to
perm” position this past Friday.
Here’s the catch: I’ve already received two more
calls for much better positions (after accepting the temp job). One
is through a family member and I am sure to get that position. The
other is also a good possibility. With a potential few interviews
during my first week of the “temp to perm” job … how do I pull all
of this off? The temp position is 99 percent likely to go perm with good
attendance etc etc…and it’s an 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. position. Is there a way to
schedule interviews around this? (especially when I have to dress up?)



The Career Doctor responds:
I have always advised my clients that job-hunting is often very streaky …
one often goes long periods of nothing happening — and then it all seems
to happen at once. And now you are faced with a number of decisions.
First what is the ethical thing to do? Since you have accepted this new
position and have already started working there do you abandon it so quickly
because other opportunities have arisen? My opinion is that there is certainly
no harm in interviewing but if you get offers from both new opportunities that’s
a different decision.
Second what’s the best career opportunity for you? My advice is always to
follow the opportunity that willgive you the greatest satisfaction or
do the greatest good for your career — in the long-term. Which of the three jobs
is best for you?
Third how can you go on job interviews when you are working all day? You
have a couple of options. You can ask for earlier — or later — than normal interview
times (such as 7:30 or 5:30). Or you can try and interview over your lunch break.
Or if those options fail you can show up late or leave early (and change to
interviewing clothes away from your current job).
And finally if you do interview and get a job offer from one or both places
and you decide to take one of them you would certainly not put the current
job on your resume; it would just disappear as though it never existed (as
you would do with any short-term stint).


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