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12:29 pm: Interviewage
After waiting about a week for a response, I finally heard that my Chicago interview will be scheduled for this coming Wednesday afternoon. A location wasn't specified (not even "in my office"), but when I wrote back to ask, I received a form email that the person will be out of town and not answering anything until Tuesday. The Chicago position has a considerably lower salary than the SF one, though I don't know how the cost of living compares between the two cities.

My video interview for the SF position was scheduled for August 22 in Detroit. They will show me a video and note my response. The instructions say that no specialized knowledge is necessary; I guess they are simply rating personality for things like positive attitude.

I'm assuming that the university will want someone who can begin immediately for the start of the school year, whereas the federal position is still pending the background check until probably late fall. This now makes me torn, because though the SF position seems more favorable (higher salary, promotion potential), I won't find out for a long time whether I will actually get it. If they offer me the Chicago position, I would hate to turn down something better for it, yet on the other hand if I don't take the Chicago position and later get rejected for the SF job, then I'm back where I started. Ugh. Of course, it all depends on how the interview goes, so...

In Warcraft news, my guild has progressed to the fourth boss in Black Temple. We're confident that we'll be able to get the fifth after a bit of practice. We've been throwing ourselves at the final boss of Mount Hyjal as well, and our best attempt so far has whittled him down to 64% life. It's an improvement, but we need to do better.

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From:wiliqueen
Date:August 9th, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
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Cost of living, and specifically housing, is markedly higher in SF. Monster used to have a comparison wizard; I expect they still do.

Does that mean you'll be here on Wednesday, or only virtually?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:August 9th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
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Monster used to have a comparison wizard; I expect they still do.

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll have to look it up.

Does that mean you'll be here on Wednesday, or only virtually?

I will be in Chicago for the 1pm appointment. My father will be driving me, though, and he needs to work the next day, so we have to be back to Michigan by the same night.
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From:mangaroo
Date:August 9th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
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I don't know how accurate this is, but it supports wiliqueen's evaluation.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:August 9th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
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That gives a fascinating analysis. Thanks for the link.
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From:devimustang0929
Date:August 9th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
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I think I'd try and throw for the SF job, but maybe that's just because I've never been to CA (not the parts I wanted to anyway) and because I don't exactly have the ability to make my own choices right now.

*shrugs*

I'll throw my support either way you want to go. Good luck on the interviews!
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From:amilyn
Date:August 9th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
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Remeber that Illinois is an At Will state and so you could take the job here, continue to follow up on all the jobs, including SF, and then quit the Chicago one if the SF one comes through.

Remember, you have a place to stay so it wouldn't be costing you anything obscene.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:August 10th, 2008 01:28 pm (UTC)
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I hadn't thought about doing that. One thing the government job said in the preliminary letter was "don't quit your current job yet"...they know their process takes a long time. Who knows when they might be ready...
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From:mvrdrk
Date:August 10th, 2008 07:15 am (UTC)
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Even though SF is more expensive, money isn't the only consideration. You'll also want to be thinking about things like how far away from family do you want to be, what kind of culture you want to surrounded by, and how to position yourself for 5 years down the road. It is sometimes, but not always, advantageous to take a job in a location with lots of other jobs you will be aiming for in the future. It makes future job hunting easier if the jobs are local. Also, if you're in a location with lots of other people doing similar jobs, the work related networking and career activities are better.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:August 10th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
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Those are definitely things to consider. Plus, there's weather, convenience of transportation, and safety of the area. Quite a long list of factors.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:August 10th, 2008 07:17 am (UTC)
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Oh yeah, and don't forget you're interviewing them, too. If you get bad vibes from the interviewers, that's worth considering.
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