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Need offer in middle of contract

John Ranaudo
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Joined: Sep 23, 2003
Posts: 31
I need some advice. I am currently 2 months into a 3 month contract which has a high chance of going longer. At least to 6 months. The job is easy stuff but decent work in the retail industry. Commute is long but with no traffic so not too bad. I get along great with my co-workers.
I followed up on a interesting oppurtunity last week and the company has selected me. This new company is one of the 3 largest commodity trading companies in the world. It is a 1-2 YEAR contract. Work will be more challenging and time consuming. Manager who interviewed me seemed like a real hard ass. Money is about 10K better at least.
Problem is I dont know if I should leave my current contract. I enjoy working here. Any advice???
Mark Herschberg

Joined: Dec 04, 2000
Posts: 6037
Are you asking about the morality of leaving a job mid-contract or about which is a better career move?
Tim Baker
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Joined: Oct 04, 2003
Posts: 541
well if its a 3 month contract wont the new company wait the 30 days whilst you finish the other, thats not an unusual notice period for someone who is already in work.
moving jobs is always a hard decision, but it depends where you are and where you want to go. I'm not sure anyone can give any good advise because it depends on a lot of personal things, like how important it is that you get a long with the people at work and how important job security is, and how career driven you are. personally i would probably take the new one for security, but thats just me

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John Ranaudo
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Joined: Sep 23, 2003
Posts: 31
Well there is no question it would be a better career move. Problem is, after just having my first child, I have become more conservative and am having a hard time dealing with it.
I guess it's like this.
Current Job: Easy, Time to spend with family(new daughter), less stress
New Job: Challenging, stricter timelines, better learning, less time with family, more money
Jeroen Wenting
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Joined: Oct 12, 2000
Posts: 5093
Go with the new offer, the combination of better pay and more stability combined would make it an easy decision for me even if each separate would not.
The fact that the work is more challenging is a nice added bonus.
And with those large companies, once you're in the chances of a permanent employment there go way up which is very good especially as you have a family to take care of.
Jobsecurity is hard enough to get these days, take it when you can!

Al Newman
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Joined: Mar 30, 2003
Posts: 716
Think about what you really want. Our opinions don't matter in the end, you are the one going to have to live with it.
You think the new job may 'stretch' you, which may be true. OTOH it may stretch you so tight that you don't have much chance to learn anything new. The easy job may actually be better for skills growth.

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