As if job searching in today’s tech-crazed world and in this job market weren’t already confusing as hell, I’ve come across yet another difficulty! Or should I say awkward situation?
Recall a few posts ago when I revealed my potential move to Morgantown, WV. The only thing I needed was a job…and a dresser! Wonderful news: the job has finally come my way! After traveling 6 hours to WV from NJ to interview for the position, I got a call four days later. Yay!
So what’s the issue? The offer remains informal. The HR rep said, “We would like to offer you the position, pending a background check. Once that is complete, we will schedule your start date.” Needless to say, I am thrilled. This job is perfect for me and it would really jumpstart my career. I’m so ready! But as I anxiously wait for the information to process, I’ve found myself obsessing over anything and everything about the hiring process.♦What if I fail the background check? ♦3-5 business days – but it’s been 7! What’s going on? ♦I have more questions. Should I contact HR? Or my future boss? ♦My current job doesn’t require 2-weeks notice. When should I tell my current boss?
The list goes on. I can’t stop thinking about what this all means for my job and my life. However, I can’t really make any decisions until the offer is formal and final. This is what we call
I did some research and found some great insight on what to do and how to feel in this situation. Isn’t the internet a beautiful place? Here’s what I found:
In the meantime, I’ve been secretly designing a moving announcement to keep myself busy. Hoping for some good news SOON!
Anyone else have stories about informal/contingent job offers? OR anyone have suggestions while I wait? I’d love to hear from you♥