On Episode 6 of "How Waterlight Grew Her Spine," I managed to get an interview with one of the top employers in Seattle for a Data Entry Specialist job through a staffing agency. I won't name the company, but I will say this: you do not decline a job offer from this company unless you have a counteroffer from the Godfather! It has a reputation for treating employees very well and having a lot of fun perks that go with working there.
I'd done my homework on the company and even used their website before, so I was already familiar with what they had to offer. The interview went well and the hiring manager said I "should hear something today or tomorrow."
The next day, I was offered the job, with a start date of April 19! Happydance ensued.
The staffing agency will be my official employer, but for the next 2-3 months I will be working at one of the Best Places to Work in Seattle.
Later that day, I got calls from two recruiters hoping to fill temp-to-hire roles.
Recruiter #1 completely understood when I declined an interview because the job I'd just been offered had higher hourly pay, a walking-distance commute, and full medical benefits with premiums 100% employer-paid. Recruiter #1 agreed to check back with me in 2-3 months to see whether I was available again.
Recruiter #2 refused to take "Thanks, but I've already accepted another role and will be unavailable for the next 2-3 months" for an answer.
She whined when I turned down an interview for the job she was recruiting for. "But whyyyyyyyyy is that temp job more important than a direct-hire job?" The direct-hire job paid more, but the commute was over an hour each way by bus, which reduced my overall hourly pay rate and the time I had for a life outside of work.
I Googled the direct-hire company's address while I had Recruiter #2 on the phone and then did a quick lookup on Employer Review Site That Shall Remain Nameless. Somehow I was not surprised to find complaints about long work hours, poor work/life balance, and a negative work environment.
I told Recruiter #2, "Work/life balance is a major consideration for me, and I know that long commute isn't going to be sustainable. For a permanent role I've decided to hold out for something in or closer to Seattle." Bullet successfully dodged, and I made a Note to Self not to take any more calls from this recruiter.