I gave a notice period at my current job and will start in a new role elsewhere, which will be a small vertical move.
After I gave notice, the team lead (who has managerial responsibilities) on the project also put in their notice.
Following their announcement, management approached me with an offer to take the Team Lead position, which would be a big vertical move.
The problem is:
- This offer will only take effect in about a month.
- I will be beginning my new job (contractual/consulting) work in the meantime.
- I am still undecided if I want to take the job of team lead.
The problem I face is how to delay making a decision regarding a job offer?
My contract with the new client contains an exit clause. I'm concerned I will burn my bridges with the client if I accept the team lead position and terminate the contract a month later, even if the client originally signed off on the exit clause.
If I reveal the new job offer to my new client he may decide not to hire me, in which case I would out of work waiting for a formal offer that might never come. If it does come and I reject it, I'll be unemployed.