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I have decided to apply for jobs as it is time to move on from my current workplace. So I asked a friend who works in the same industry if there was any work available at her workplace… blah… I still need to compete with other applicants. In the meantime, I applied for another job and have been offered it, which has now put me in an awkward position as I really want the job where my friend works. However, they are not interviewing me until 8 January and I need to accept the job offer with the other company by 1 January.
Hrmm interesting, but I guess first of all you should be open and honest with your friend about what’s going on. I think this is very important.
Still and getting more on point with the question now, I’m assuming this sort of thing happens all the time (as often people apply for multiple jobs), and sure you’ve got these timelines to work within but again I think you need to be honest with Company B. And do it gracefully. And, depending on their response maybe it will show if this is the kind of company you want to work for anyways.
So, I don’t think that there’s a simple or straightforward answer here, well that’s unless you are prepared to straight up go with your gut, because that is also an option here. And for me personally, this is how I like to live life – then come as it may and I know I can deal with it.
Actually maybe this is a question you should ask yourself, could you cope (and financially) if you didn’t get either job? Because this answer should probably determine your action. For example, if you need the money just take the first job. And/or if you do want to buy time and play-off between both jobs, I think honesty is your path toward that.
Nevertheless, on a sorta side note, I think it’s very, very important to have a job/career that you truly love. I mean this activity is going to consume a big chunk of your waking hours, Good luck.