I have been unemployed due to funding loss from Covid since January 2021.
May 28,2021 at 6:49PM UTC
Due to the numerous issues with California EDD it has taken this long to actually file my claim. So I finally got it filed two weeks ago, and supposedly it takes 3 weeks for processing, but I constantly see on news updates that there is a high backlog and longer wait times.
During this time, I have been living on a dwindling savings (below zero at this moment). I decided to return to school and complete my masters that I had to take time away from (2 semesters to go) so that I can move forward with my doctorate. Just received my acceptance letter yesterday.
Okay, there's my side story.
During this time I have been very picky in my job search, probably too picky considering I live in a very rural area where jobs are scarce and pay lower than state average. Since I became layed off, I have had numerous job offers, some fairly significant. I have kinda blown them all off until an organization that aligns with my values had an opening posted. I applied. I have my fourth interview scheduled for next week.
The position is out of my scope of practice, but due to my experience they believe I am a good fit and believe that I will be able to surpass the learning curve. So they are willing to train. Since I live an hour and half from the office, they suggested I work remote and only come to the office (expense paid) once or twice a week. They are also offering me more than the advertised starting pay.
This sounds too good to be true right??? It really is an incredible opportunity. I am really excited about the 4th "interview" which will be an actual in person, at the office, basically to see if I can click with the team.
In the meantime.... I have been offered a part-time, on call position that pays DOUBLE the offer of the other. I have my final interview with them next week as well. The agency told me they already have the contracts written and ready if their client approves me after the interview. The on call position to me is a side gig. One that I can work while working remote for the other job.
Now my dilemma...
This morning I received a request to interview for a position well within my scope of practice. In fact, it would be a piece of cake job, one that I typically would jump on. They want to do a multidisciplinary team interview next week. I know I will ace it, and I know they will extend an offer. LOL Yes, a little ego here...but I am very confident in what I bring to the table especially in this area.
For my return to school, I am going to need to do another 600+ hours of internship. So... I was thinking of accepting this interview, because it would give me a good set of contacts, and if/when the job is offered I could let them know that I already accepted an offer but perhaps we could work out something where I could do my intern hours with them.
I'm not sure though, because again it's a 1.5hr drive one way to the office.
So...I'm just curious, would you blow off this last one, or accept the interview?
Thanks for reading this long tangent!
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