(Closed) Which job would you choose?

posted 6 years ago in Career
  • poll: Which job would you choose?
    Job 1 @ the temp agency (more $/less fun) : (23 votes)
    43 %
    Job 2 @ the retail store (more fun/less $) and already have an offer : (30 votes)
    57 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Do the job you love.

    Post # 4
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    Even if job #2 didn’t work out the way you hope, you could still continue to look for something else, but you don’t know if you’ll get the temp position, so you may as well take the one that’s offered, especially because you’d like to move up in that company!

    Post # 5
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Crap, I voted wrong….voted for the retail store and I meant to say job #1. And this is coming from someone who works in retail and started off as seasonal, at one of my favorite stores with a very good discount.

    For starters, getting kept past seasonal at job #2 is not something I would count on. The economy is not great and I know at my store we get to keep less and less people each year; a couple of years ago corporate actually handed down a rule about halfway through the holiday season saying that due to cuts we were not allowed to keep ANY of our seasonal people.

    Second is that retail is really not all that fun…even if you like people. Holidays bring out the worst in customers. And if it is a retal job like mine, the pressure to perform (sell accessories, service plans, etc.) is very high.

    Thirdly, retail jobs don’t look so greta on a resume unless you’re in a managerial or supervisory role, and that can take a long time. In the store I work in it takes years to become a supervisor.

    So considering all that…I have to pick the job you consider to be less fun, sorry!

    Post # 7
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @jrzvol:  I’d accept their offer, and if you get the other job you can go back and tell them you’re sorry but you’ve been offered a permanent role somewhere else and will be accepting it. Retail places have a whole line of people wanting a job there, they can find someone else, and there’s really nothing they’re going to do about it if you do change your mind after accepting it.

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I know its not the “best” thing to do, but can’t you accept job #2, and then if you later get job #1 and want to take it, just quit job #1?

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    I’m all about taking the job that’s going to pay the bills and set your career in the right direction, and do what you love on the side. You have to think about the future and be practical…what’s going to look best on your resume and help you take that next step in your career advancement?

    Given your dilemma of having to let them know tomorrow, perhaps you can accept, then wait to hear form the other job. If you get the other one, be honest with the retail job and tell them you got offered a position that’s closer to home and pays more, but you’d still like to be a seasonal part-tme employee. Maybe work some nights, weekends, and holidays. That way you dont burn any bridges. And if the other job doesn’t work after a while, perhaps the retail job will hire you on full time.

    Not sure where you are in your life right now, but retail is probably not a long-term career prospect…at least not one with optimal advancement opportunities.

    Good luck whatever you do!

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I do arts admin and am constantly put off by the jobs I have- but they alays lead to more jobs/better jobs. I believe one should take the job that will provide the most money/mobility vs. fun. Let’s get real, we mostly hate our jobs- we love our careers. P.s super biased I am in theatre so I only enjoy the stuff I am doing for free normally 🙂

    Post # 11
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @jrzvol:  I agree with @Wonderstruck. Accept the current offer and continue to pursue the other job “just in case.” This happened to me recently and I was so glad I accepted the first job offer because the second one never came through. GOOD LUCK!

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @Monkey786:  

    This! A bird in the hand is worth 2 in the bush!

    Post # 13
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    Bee Keeper

    Normally I would say to take the responsible and higher paying job, but since you’re living at home you could probably afford to take the retail job, if you think you would really prefer it. I hated working in retail so I wouldn’t want to do that but some people love it. What I would do in your situation is accept the retail position and then if the other one comes through, tell the retail manager you found a better paying permanent position that you need to take. Although that feels like a crappy thing to do, it’s not like you’re accepting a VP position and majorly screwing anyone over. They will have no problem filling it if that’s what you do. 

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @jrzvol:  good luck! it’s great that the manager of Job 2 was cool about it

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