Thursday, July 5, 2012

Job offer conspiracy?

I don't mean to complain, but how is it that one can struggle through months of silence during a job search only to have a flood of interest within a few days or weeks?

The good news is that I finally got an "official offer" via phone for a postdoc position that interviewed for several months ago. The funny part is that I got the offer the day after I got nervous enough to hedge my bets and start applying to other places (academic postdocs and industry). I honestly wonder if my office was bugged or if they planted a tracking cookie on my computer.

To make it even more comical, I also got an unsolicited heads-up on an academic position that will be opening up at a very good Institution by a contact of mine, who wants to recruit me to work with him. Needless to say, I will push past my odd feelings about the situation (most likely stemming from self-doubt) and pursue that option. Add to that a few industry phone interviews and my ego is reeling from too much stroking.

 But then again, these are not bad "problems" to have and I am very excited about the prospect of having decent health insurance again....

Woo-hoo!

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    1. Thanks! I think I'll end up taking it one step at a time. My impression from the industry interviews were that they were looking for someone else - I'm not sure I have the strongest skill set for what they want. So I can't count on much there.

      The academic position is also not a sure thing, and not something I'd be willing to bet the farm on. That being said I'll try my darnedest to get the job by writing a killer cover letter, but the reality is that I'll be competing against some of the country's best. Frankly, although I know I can do the job, I know that I might not be the best candidate on paper.

      Which leaves an interim postdoc. I am very excited by the offer I have in hand because it makes sense for our family (no move required, very good pay/benefits, interesting broadening of my research repertoire).

      However, I now have a phone interview set up next week for a postdoc at the NIH. Not a bad gig, although it is much tougher for my family (involves a move, my wife leaving her job, new schools/daycare/etc.). I'll just have to wait on the details to see which is best....

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  2. Congrats on all of the offers! Have fun deciding!

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    1. Thanks! It's still hard to take it all in, and part of me feels like the viable options (another postdoc - see my comment above to nicoleandmaggie on my reasoning) result in extending my indecisive nature.

      I am now chasing two very good postdoc leads - one local, one at the NIH. I'm gonna have to phone a few mentors to help me decide....

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  3. Haha for me, the job search will deflated then inflated my ego faster than I could figure out what hit me. I'm now in a position I enjoy very much, sad to turn down some other very attractive options, but quite pleased with where I am. I'm looking to apply to graduate school soon though, re-entering that world after a brief interlude in industry...so I'm sure I'll hit the ups and downs again soon. It's all a part of the journey..it's the reason why times like these are so awesome :) Enjoy!

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  4. Yay for options!! Good luck :)

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