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Advice Needed--Job Search Dilemma
It never rains, but it pours; I have had some developments take place very quickly over the past couple of days. So quickly, in fact, that I have a little bit of a quandary, and am seeking any advice and/or suggestions I can get. Here's how things stack up:

Option A: A recruiter contacted me on behalf of Company A, and after interviewing I have been given a job offer. I could be starting at Company A as soon as sometime next week, and they want my response to their offer by the end of the business day on Thursday (tomorrow). The work at Company A would be a one- to three-year contract, with no health benefits or paid time off--but decent enough pay.

Option B: I went to a two-and-a-half hour interview today at Company B. The gentleman who interviewed me, after I told him about my situation with Company A, told me he thought I did very well at the interview, and would like to pass me along to a second interview; unfortunately, that could not possibly take place until sometime next week. He told me he was only interviewing three candidates, and that only two would be moved forward to the next round of interviews. That makes my chances of landing this position at 50%. This would be a full-time, permanent direct-hire position, with excellent benefits and somewhat better pay.

Option C: I accept the position at Company A, yet clandestinely continue the interview process at Company B. Should Company B hire me, I give my notice at Company A and move on, having only worked there a very short period of time. This seems like an ethically sleazy option to me.

Option D: I do not accept the position at Company A, and take my chances with Company B. This seems the riskiest option, since there is also a 50% chance I will not get the position there.

I really would like the job at Company B, but Company A is a sure thing. Please, anyone out there, any suggestions or advice?

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Yeah, it seems to be the sure thing, and it covers my ass either way.

-nods- Yep. Well I do hope you get the better job then job A, since having no benifits suck and no paid days off as well.

As much as those options may suck, it would pay the bills and put food on the table; I do have to keep that in mind.

Yeah, I know. Though that's why I said taking that job, till you find a better one like job B. So C is the really best option to take IMO.

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