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Never rains, but it pours....

So, after months of nothing on the horizon (or, at least, nothing coming any closer than that), someone seems to have abruptly switched the job market from "off" to "on," and I've been utterly deluged this week. I had a near miss for an utterly perfect position here in Rochester a few weeks ago, and I've been on two interviews since that have told me that they're preparing to make me an offer. I have another interview here in Rochester today, a phone interview tomorrow, and I got back from Toronto yesterday to find a message on my answering machine about yet another position... and an email from a company that I phone interviewed with three weeks ago, wanting to set up a second interview. And, to top it all off, on Monday, I have a third phone interview for a position in Mainland China.

I'm a bit overwhelmed by all of this. I have a pretty clear sense of which company would be the best fit, but they're talking about bringing me in at a rate in Loonies that's at the low end of what I'm looking for in U.S. dollars. They haven't finalized on the exact number that they'll offer just yet, but the one that their HR person kicked around is definitely in the "lowball" range. On the other hand, it would get us in to Canada, and to Toronto in particular, and the highest number isn't necessarily the best job to take. I'll have to do some figuring, to figure out just how much we need to live comfortably, especially with linuxspice out of work, and higher taxes, and so forth.

(UPDATE: As I'm writing this, another recruiter just phoned, about yet another job. Where were all these guys six months ago?)

I'm not entirely sure what to do if they do actually offer me the lowball number. I really, really want this particular position to work out, but I may have to see where the other offers come in, financially. If I can get the Really Good Company out of "lowball" and into "not-great-but-we-can-live-with-it", I think this becomes a no-brainer again. Oh, and there's still the wildcard of linuxspice finding employment somewhere; if we both had jobs in a particular location, that would truly make it a no-brainer.

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ororo
Feb. 26th, 2004 04:32 pm (UTC)
Much luck and may everything work itself to where you need it to be.
ex_serenejo
Feb. 26th, 2004 04:34 pm (UTC)
Wow! This is the kind of deluge that I like to see! Pass it over here when you're done with it. :-) *smoooooooooch*
teddywolf
Feb. 26th, 2004 05:04 pm (UTC)
Best of luck on this.

One thing you *can* do, regarding the place where you want to work the most, is mention that there are several other companies that are offering more money - you can quote quotes - and ask if they would please consider changing their offer to a bit higher? If you tell them that them doing so would make your choice a lot easier, then I think they'll have a good idea that yes you want to work there.

Salary negotiations can be a two way street, if you're careful about it. Best of luck :-)
samsarra
Feb. 26th, 2004 06:06 pm (UTC)
Yay for you!

Good luck with whatever happens. And yeah-- pass that job fever this way when you get a chance, ok?
futabachan
Feb. 26th, 2004 08:14 pm (UTC)
Two of the jobs that I'm up for are in the Philadelphia area, actually. Are you looking for software work?
grumpywitch
Feb. 26th, 2004 06:22 pm (UTC)
Wow! Good luck, I hope you find the right company at the right price. I also hope some of your luck rubs off this way. Jay really needs to find a job closer to home.

Sending soothing vibes your way!
red_frog
Feb. 26th, 2004 06:55 pm (UTC)
Excellent news!

I like teddywolf's suggestion and have used it myself. No harm in making it clear to someone that you would like very much to work with them, but others are offering more, so could they please bump up the salary a bit so you can go with the offer you like best?
circumspectly
Feb. 26th, 2004 10:40 pm (UTC)
wow girl, you got it goin' on!

send some of that juju bostonwards, wouldja? lordy knows there aren't any jobs over around here for chris. plenty of contracts (which are better than nothing), but nothing permanent.
eck
Feb. 27th, 2004 12:45 am (UTC)
I'm starting to think that IT jobs in Canada tend to pay on average the same number of Dollars as US jobs, but in Loonies. That seems very true in Edmonton, where I've been dismayed to see jobs paying less in Loonies than the figure I'd expect from the Detroit area (which is mid-range for US IT pay according to surveys I've seen over the years). Jobs pay more in Vancouver and TO, but they'd have to, with the higher cost of living. It appears jobs in Halifax now pay pretty well, too, I guess because it's become a major centre for outsourcing.

Best wishes, especially on getting something Canadian!
xlerb
Feb. 27th, 2004 03:59 am (UTC)
For want of anything deeper to say: Congratulations, and I hope you wind up with a job you enjoy.
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