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Old 07-17-2010, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Anywhere USA
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I received a job offer last week for a job with a school system. The offer was excellent and at the top of their pay scale for that position. I received the offer by phone, then followed up by email. Within an hour I recieved another email rescinding the offer due to "review of budget" an hour later I received another offer for 30% less than the original. What do you think?
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Old 07-17-2010, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Fort Wayne/Las Vegas/Summit-Argo
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I received a job offer last week for a job with a school system. The offer was excellent and at the top of their pay scale for that position. I received the offer by phone, then followed up by email. Within an hour I recieved another email rescinding the offer due to "review of budget" an hour later I received another offer for 30% less than the original. What do you think?
A legitimate offer usually arrives as a mailed or overnighted, document.
It appears that they wanted to hire you but for less than they had originally offered.

Since they didn't make you a formal offer,it appears that you are stuck.
If you don't need the job that urgently,you could TRY negotiating. Buit I wouldn't hold out much "hope" for that working.

If you need the job and it's for more money than you are bringing in now, then swallow your pride and take the offer. If don't need a job, 'd say "Thanks but no.."
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Old 07-17-2010, 12:21 PM
 
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Talk about underhanded, I suppose I would take it and continue to look but only because the job market sucks so bad. They already have shown you they are extremely cheap and someone you probably wont want to work for long term.
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Old 07-17-2010, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Live in NY State, work in CT
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Is this a public school system? This kind of thing is common now, what probably happened is that they were anticipating the "aid to states" that Congress has been punting for a couple of months now and it didn't happen, so they had to adjust. If you still have the offer, I'd take it as it's important to "get your foot in the system" in the education field (I'm trying to career transition into teaching). Good luck!
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Old 07-17-2010, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Anywhere USA
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Is this a public school system? This kind of thing is common now, what probably happened is that they were anticipating the "aid to states" that Congress has been punting for a couple of months now and it didn't happen, so they had to adjust. If you still have the offer, I'd take it as it's important to "get your foot in the system" in the education field (I'm trying to career transition into teaching). Good luck!
Yes this is a public school system but not a teaching position. I just dont understand how "the budget", "the decision" or whatever could have changed so drastically within 2 hours.
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Old 07-17-2010, 12:55 PM
 
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I would take the 2nd offer for 30% less if I really wanted to work for a school district.
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Old 07-17-2010, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Spokane via Sydney,Australia
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It sounds like the counter offer by the OP was NOT accepted, so at this time there IS no "offer". Time to chalk it up to experience and move on.
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Old 07-17-2010, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Stuck on the East Coast, hoping to head West
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I received a job offer last week for a job with a school system. The offer was excellent and at the top of their pay scale for that position. I received the offer by phone, then followed up by email. Within an hour I recieved another email rescinding the offer due to "review of budget" an hour later I received another offer for 30% less than the original. What do you think?
When you received the offer by phone, did you accept it? Was the first email that you mentioned from you to them? Or was it from them to you, confirming the offer they had relayed by phone? Oral contracts are sometimes binding. Also, if you had accepted the first offer before they rescinded it, they *might* not have a choice but to honor their first offer. You never know. I'd probably consider talking to someone about that first offer. I mean, if they've rescinded the offer than they are at the very least acknowledging that they made it to begin with.
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Old 07-17-2010, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Anywhere USA
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When you received the offer by phone, did you accept it? Was the first email that you mentioned from you to them? Or was it from them to you, confirming the offer they had relayed by phone? Oral contracts are sometimes binding. Also, if you had accepted the first offer before they rescinded it, they *might* not have a choice but to honor their first offer. You never know. I'd probably consider talking to someone about that first offer. I mean, if they've rescinded the offer than they are at the very least acknowledging that they made it to begin with.
No I did not accept the first offer by phone. I was told she just wanted to tell me the details of the offer and would follow up by email. I was to "reject" or "accept" in in writing within 3 days.

The first email was from them to me -- just a summary of our telephone call with more specific information.

Basically, I am in an "at-will" state which means an employer can dismiss, fire, rescind, etc., at any time for no reason.
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Old 07-17-2010, 06:25 PM
 
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In my area, local schools make the hiring decisions but school's budget and funding is controlled by the district. Unfortunately that means a lot of staff were made offers by schools which were then cancelled because the district informed them their budget was being cut. This split of control is the result of negotiations between unions who want school power, and politicians who control the money. Its unfortunate and a lot of innocent people get snagged in the mess.
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