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Job Opportunities (Different Places!)

Penguin_OtakuPenguin_Otaku Registered User regular
edited May 2012 in Help / Advice Forum
So I recently graduated and because of all of my internships/real jobs I did in my field during my collegiate career. (For reference, these being graphic design, editing, producing, directing...)

But the thing is is that some opportunity I have isn't in my home base (O-K-C! O-K-C!) But I don't know if these opportunities in CT or AZ will actually pan out.

But until I do, I don't want to overlook opportunities in the area if these out-of-state situations don't work out for me.

how do I approach employers by saying I might have a better opportunity on the horizon? Obviously the first answer is to not address that at all (directly, at least) but I want to be able to have the best of both worlds. My inclination is to go out of state, restart and refresh my connects.

But if that doesn't work out, what's the best way of going about mentioning (or not) that I may have an impending job opportunity.

One side, tell them and maybe retain some sort of dignity with that country I could potentially work for in the future and the other hand is that I take the job, move on and ignore it.

Just hoping some fellow Arcadians have been through something similar. Rather keep all of my bridges in tact as long as I can.

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  • JebusUDJebusUD Adventure! Candy IslandRegistered User regular
    I dont think you have to tell them at an interview if that is what you are asking. Jumping ship from a just started job will always look bad though.

    But i'm not really sure what the question is. Looks like autocorrect and possibly alcohol have conspired againt the forces of clarity in your post.

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  • SentrySentry Registered User regular
    edited May 2012
    Okay, it was hard to follow your post OP, did you randomly go back and delete every third word or something? Anyway, it SOUNDS like you are asking how to tell a potential employer that you may have an opportunity elsewhere? If that's correct then the answer is that you don't. First, it doesn't sound like any of these opportunities are much of anything right now, again I can't be sure because your post reads like you were experiencing intermittent power failures while writing it, but even if you had a sure thing in AZ or CT you aren't obligated, either professionally or morally, to tell them anything until you've made a final decision about what to do.

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  • witch_iewitch_ie Registered User regular
    I agree with Sentry's post above. Additionally, you shouldn't talk employers about your other "opportunities" until you have an offer. Then, if you're interviewing with another company, you can share that you do have another offer you're considering and have to make a decision by x date which be dictated to you by the other company more than likely. One other thing to keep in mind is that as a recent graduate, no matter what experience you gained in your previous jobs/internships you are still likely coming in at the entry level and there is a lot of competition out there - unless you went back to school after working for awhile (which I don't believe is your situation). Conversations with prospective employers should be handled accordingly.

  • DarkewolfeDarkewolfe Registered User regular
    I would never hire someone who told me, "Well, I might have a better opportunity coming up." There's enough candidates out there that I can find one who is at least willing to lie to me and tell me that my job is the best opportunity they could ever dream of.

    I also don't have high expectations for younger, less experienced people staying in the same job for long.

    What is this I don't even.
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