As many of you know, I’ve recently restarted my job search. I’m sick and tired of working retail, what with the ungodly hours and scheduling chicanery (apparently other people’s “use it or lose it” vacation is more important than my availability). The search has been going well so far, but I’ve been reluctant to talk about it with others. Mostly because of how these things have gone in the past: I mention I have an interview, then have to spend the following weeks explaining to people that I didn’t get the job, picking the fresh wound ever so slightly more open.
But now I’m at a point where I have to make a decision. And I hate decisions. I had an interview last week, and it seemed to go really well. So well, in fact, that they followed up this week with some more details, and it sounds like it’s moving forward. No concrete offer yet, but one can hope. And I have a good feeling about this.
The problem is, it sounds like the offered
salary hourly rate is going to be not much more than I’m making right now, working retail. The job would largely be drafting, but with the potential to take on other responsibilities down the line, like site surveys or even project management. So no matter what, I’d be getting experience relevant to my field. And the hours would almost certainly be better. It’s not a dream job, I’ll admit. But it’s closer than anything I’ve come across yet, and I’m not sure I can let this opportunity pass me by. I’d just like to move up slightly when I move on from my current job, you know?
Like I said, there hasn’t been a firm offer yet. Maybe I can negotiate a bit; I just don’t want to end up under-compensated down the line. And one can’t forget to account for intangibles, like a regular schedule and experience in my field. I don’t know. I still think taking the job would be a good idea, but I don’t know how much of that is actual rational thought and how much is just hopeful desperation at the possibility of getting out of Retail Heck.
Thoughts, oh dear friends of mine?