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Job Dilemma

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You know that saying......you wait for one bus and then three come along at once?

After more than a year of looking for work I finally managed to get a position as a sales assistant in a new store that's opening in my town.

That's great BUT a while ago I applied for a job as a "service development assistant" (eg Librarian) at the local library. I just applied on the off chance (I didn't really expect to get an interview even and this will be the third time I've applied there) BUT I heard back from the library this week and I have an interview at 11.45 on Friday next week. This is great and I'm chuffed to pieces BUT...

I'm due to start my new job full time next week meaning I'll be working at the time of the interview :eek:

I really, really want the librarian's job, it's my dream job and it's better paid although less hours but I don't know what to do for the best.

Do I:

a) go for the interview and just make up a dentist appointment or something to my new for definite employers (it'll only be for an hour)

If so do I phone them tomorrow and tell them or wait until I start on Monday to tell them

b) just forget about the library and concentrate on my new job as a shop assistant?

I'm just terrified they'll find out, sack me and then I won't get this job at the library! I'll end up with no job and no JSA because I've deliberately made myself unemployed...help!!!

Would you go for the interview or not? 2 votes

Go for the interview and make up a dentist appointment
100% 2 votes
Don't go and just concentrate on the job I already have
0% 0 votes

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  • torbrex
    torbrex Posts: 71,340 Forumite
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    Tell them the truth, you have a pre-arranged interview for the job of your dreams.
    Your employer knows that sales assistant is not the best job in the world and the fact that you are starting means that someone else has probably just left to go to the job of their dreams.

    No-one ever just applies for one job then waits for the outcome of that before applying for another one.
  • Notsosharp
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    torbrex wrote: »
    Tell them the truth, you have a pre-arranged interview for the job of your dreams.
    Your employer knows that sales assistant is not the best job in the world and the fact that you are starting means that someone else has probably just left to go to the job of their dreams.

    No-one ever just applies for one job then waits for the outcome of that before applying for another one.

    Thanks but it's a new store and no one else has left the job yet :).

    If I tell them the truth I'm worried they might sack me and if I don't get the library job and have to go and sign back on the jobcentre will quite rightly say I've made myself unemployed and I'll not be eligible for JSA. I can't risk that as a single mother :(
  • torbrex
    torbrex Posts: 71,340 Forumite
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    I still say tell the truth.
    Better that than the possibility of getting caught in a lie, you have more chance of getting sacked for that.
  • Angelicdevil
    Angelicdevil Posts: 1,707 Forumite
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    Personally, I wouldn't tell your new employer.

    If you'd been there for a few years you still wouldn't tell them you're going for an interview elsewhere.

    Can you book a half day or something?

    It's your dream job, I say, go for it! And good luck!
    I have a simple philosophy:
    Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches.
    - Alice Roosevelt Longworth
  • Notsosharp
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    Wouldn't it be really cheeky to ask for a half day off already?
  • Angelicdevil
    Angelicdevil Posts: 1,707 Forumite
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    That's what holidays are there for :). Just thought it might help ease your conscience.

    If its your dream job, better pay, less hours etc grab this opportunity with both hands. They don't come around often!
    I have a simple philosophy:
    Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches.
    - Alice Roosevelt Longworth
  • Notsosharp
    Notsosharp Posts: 2,737 Forumite
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    I am going to go for it but the trouble is I am absolutely carp at lying :(
  • McKneff
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    Just tell them that you have a pre arranged appointment that you cant cancel, youre not telling them any lies.

    Good luck for which ever job you get/keep.
    make the most of it, we are only here for the weekend.
    and we will never, ever return.
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