January 15th, 2004


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11:42 am - to bum or not to bum...
so I need suggestions from people (and I need them real soon now)

so I've had this job offer. Only its part time. With the projected hours (20) and salary, I'll barely being doing better than I do right now on unemployment. Actually, probably worse because of taxes. Of course, if they need me for more than 20 hours some week, I'll be golden. But if they needed me for less I wouldn't have the money to do things that i enjoy... like eating... and they can't guarantee me anything. Worse, they want a 3 month commitment from me, and the contract says if I want to leave early I owe them 4 weeks notice. Which will pretty much makes it really hard for me to find something else that's 40 hours. I could find some other 20 hour a week contract, but its hard enough finding one that's 40 hours a week, and its hard to coordinate that, since its also possible that they'd want me for 40 hours some time. Also, there are no benefits (well, they will sale me health insurance if I want, but I won't be able to afford it anymore than I can now)

on the other hand, I don't have enough unemployment to last me all the way through to the end of my UC benefits year (coincidentally, my bday, Aug 1). I need to work 3 months at some point (or 3 weeks, if I can get an extension), and no one is beating down my door with contract offers this month. But then its just after the holidays and beginning of the year, so things could get better. But really, I just want to start working again, because not doing so is boring and annoying, and hey the extra cash is nice. But I guess the thing is, a) this really won't be extra cash, b) getting in the way of other possible jobs.

And I really need to answer them today... *bleah* Any advice/suggestions are welcome

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Comments:


[User Picture]From: jeremiahblatz Date: January 15th, 2004 - 10:08 am (Link)
Tell them you'll do it for more money or with less notice if you want to leave early. If they say no, then oh, well. If they say yes, then you get another thing to put on your resume and either money or flexibility.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: January 15th, 2004 - 10:12 am (Link)
well, I've already gotten them to almost double the amount of money they wanted to offer in the first place. They don't seem to want to go much higher than that (been going back and forth with them for a couple days now). I think I can convince them to let me go with 2 weeks warning instead of four, but still given the low number of hours, I'm not feeling very confident about things. Especially since, I could end up working 20 hours and after taxes and social security, making less than I make on UC. My gut is telling me to pass on it... on the other hand... you know... its work...
[User Picture]From: thwomp Date: January 15th, 2004 - 10:35 am (Link)
I say do it provided they let you only give 2 weeks notice and then try to get some random schlep job on the side. My coworker worked at petsmart for 2 months while she waited to hear back about professional jobs she was applying for. There's no shame in honest work, and it won't hurt your hireability, really. Plus, you'd get some extra money.
[User Picture]From: viscous Date: January 15th, 2004 - 01:36 pm (Link)
Work is work, ehh.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: January 15th, 2004 - 01:57 pm (Link)
oh, definitely not... trust me, not all work is work... in particular this work is counterproductive... I don't think the job would have been that bad, though.
 

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