I was recently contacted about a job that I applied for a couple weeks ago. The job is for an assistant editor at an academic journal down in Tucson, Arizona. I thought it sounded like a pretty decent job, and apparently they thought I sounded like a pretty decent candidate. They want me to come down to Tucson for an interview.
Great! Except that they won’t pay for the trip (public universities don’t have that kind of cash, I guess). And presumably, they won’t pay for an apartment-hunting trip or moving expenses if they hire me. And the job doesn’t pay the best, so I’d burn up a sizable chunk of our savings that I wouldn’t be able to replenish, especially with the Nerdling on the way.
There’s always hope of a promotion and raise, I suppose, but that was one of my reasons for taking my last job, and it turns out that even if they hadn’t laid me off, they probably never would’ve given me a raise. So I can’t count on that. But there’s also the huge tuition discount (read: practically free) to consider, but if I’m already not making much, then that’s just going to be another burden.
And, of course, there’s the fact that I’m probably slightly overqualified for the job. They’re looking for someone with a bachelor’s degree or four years of experience, and I have both. It sounds like it’s mostly typesetting, too, which can get boring pretty quickly if that’s all I’m doing all the time.
Hmm. It sounded so good at first, but the list of cons is growing larger.