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I am currently contract employed and looking for a full-time position. I applied to a dream job in March through a corporate job portal, not really expecting anything, and heard back from their in-house recruiter a month later. Nearly five months later, there's not been a final decision. I've had multiple phone interviews and last month completed a skills test for them. If it hadn't been so long (typically 3-4 weeks) between each contact, I'd write it off at this point. But every time I'd made my peace with the fact they'd moved on, I'd get another call or email.
Today I received a job offer that, while not a dream job, is stable and I like the team. I feel like I need to check in with the other job before I actually accept though. I'm conflicted about the best way to go about this. I know I could accept this offer and potentially take the dream job down the line, but I'd like to make this decision with as much information in hand as possible. Should I just email a quick note, checking in on their process? Is it too pushy/heavy-handed to mention I'm considering another offer? I'd love any suggestions on specific languages.