I have been offered a job at a company I interviewed with today. They want me to start next week.
As I am on unemployment, I have no right to decline the job because of the conditions of unemployment benefit. If I did not accept then I lose the benefits and if I attempted to hide the offer it would be breaking the law. So have verbally consented to starting. (And of course, any job is better than unemployment.)
While this should mean the end of my job search. I am not convinced about working for this company having learnt more about the "package" on offer today.
The offer is an open ended temporary position with a salary right at the bottom of my requirements. In addition, the shift pattern is quite demanding, unsocial and different to what the recruitment agency who put me forward told me to expect. The role itself is what I was looking to do which right now seems the only positive beyond getting off unemployment.
In the meantime, earlier this week, I met with a different recruitment agency - one that I have worked for previously and had a positive experience with. They have put me forward for a job which I have an interview for on Friday. Out of the two positions, it is a clear favourite.
It is a permanent position, more favourable hours and salary and clear job progression and development programs. If I'm fortunate to be offered a position with them then I feel it would be foolish to turn it down as the only downside is that the position does not start for 6 weeks.
And yet, I've accepted a job offer today. So ethically speaking, it seems wrong to interview and take a slot which they could use for someone else and also wrong to start a job on Monday only to potentially leave for another offer.
With the damage I've already done to my career through my last job, I cannot afford to damage it further but I'm really conflicted at present as to my best route forward.
Update - 02/10 Today I interviewed with Position B. It is exactly what I hoped it would be. I'm in the final pool of candidates having passed all their tests and will hear on Monday if I was successful. I am hoping so.
In the meantime, Position A has been dragging its feet confirming my start date and now I do not believe I will be starting on Monday after all. They are treating me very unprofessionally and yet I'm powerless to withdraw from the role because of my unemployment benefits.