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A tale of two offers

February 6th, 2009 at 01:57 pm

I don't know if any readers recall, but one of my 2009 goals is to increase my earnings. I think I've done just about all that I can on the frugality front. Well, I could do more, but I'm essentially debt-free and trouble-free right now, and all that's left is just to keep moving forward on my usual saving and investing regiment (which averages at about 60% of gross).

So, what about increasing my income? Well, because I am changing employers, my old employer is trying to retain me and referred me to another site they contract with for a job opening.

Well, I just got back from an interview at the other company, and I am very excited about how it went! In fact, I think it's the best interview I've ever had with anyone!

By the way, it's a $20 billion agricultural research and development company, so it looks stable enough. And yet, this particular site is small enough that everybody goes by their first names, which I really like.

Best of all, the people who interviewed me confided up front that they desperately need someone right now, because the old employee is several months pregnant and will eventually be on maternity leave.

Actually, that's not the best part. The best part is I know I am a perfect fit for the job, I am certain they feel that way as well, and the interviewer even said, "We know you already have an offer from the other employer, and while we can't guarantee anything at the moment, I promise you that our offer will be extremely competitive!"

So! They want to get this done quickly, I hope they believe I am the perfect guy for the job, and they're willing pay up for it. I can't wait to find out what they have in mind!

Even if this doesn't pan out, the new employer at my current job has already re-hired me with a slight pay bump so... smells like a win-win to me!

There's just one thing that concerns me about this new offer. I asked what would happen to me when the old employee comes back from maternity leave. The interviewer basically said that they can't guarantee anything, but the workload is big enough for two people. Hmm.

Anyways, I have one last place I want to try to look into. Another pharmaceutical company that's really stable (makes generics), and I have a great contact there. Will have to see what happens with that one.

But yeah, Woohoo!

11 Responses to “A tale of two offers”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    Hey! Great job offers! And did you take our fashion advice? Inquiring minds want to know!

  2. Broken Arrow Says:

    Ah, not yet, but I DO intend to! In fact, I had meant to do a little window shopping this weekend. Will probably do so tomorrow.

    Today, it was just right after work, so I walked in wearing work clothes, which they didn't seem to mind.

  3. whitestripe Says:

    good luck. i will be watching to see your progress and choices. fingers crossed everything goes super-dooper well for you!

  4. monkeymama Says:

    That was my first thought - what if she comes back?

    That being said, truth be told, I don't know ANYONE but me (sole breadwinner) who returned to their old job after a baby. It's certainly not the norm for new moms. But still, their answer wasn't extremely reassuring.

    Good Luck!

  5. midlight21 Says:

    Sounds exciting!!

  6. merch Says:

    Hey!!! We're in a recession!!! Quit hogging all the jobs!!!

  7. frugaltexan75 Says:


    That's so great that you're having all these job offers. Smile

    When I saw the part about maternity leave though, it worried me also. I'd personally be very cautious going into something like that. If there's enough work load for two people right now, then why don't they *have* two people?

  8. zetta Says:

    If she's taking a 12 week FMLA leave, they *have* to give her a job back. If they give you an offer, I'd want to have it in writing whether this is a temp-to-perm job (ie a 3 month trial that could become permanent) or a permanent position.

  9. baselle Says:

    In my 9 years at my workplace, I watched 11 women go on maternity leave, then come back. I know of only 2 women who stayed longer than 3 months after coming back. Good odds, but get the position in writing.

  10. Ima saver Says:

    congratulations, BA!

  11. Broken Arrow Says:

    Thank you gang, for the feedback and for watching my back. I already had reservations about the maternity leave, but now that you guys mention it, it is quite a concern indeed.

    I'm just going to wait to see what they offer. If it is indeed worth it, I'll also be sure to get it in writing.

    Merch: That was funny, but I'm just a lowly blue-collar worker, and I need to get as much job as I can, whenever I can.

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