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Old 10-23-2011, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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This is where you have to play devil's advocate. What are the alternatives? Say you turn this job down. Is the next offer likely going to have less commute? Probably not. You're in Wartrace, TN, after all. So if you're going to end up commuting either way, that isn't really a deciding factor on whether or not to take the job, is it?

My opinion is, take the job. And keep looking for something closer. You might find something better, and if you do, you can always quit this job and take the other one. And if not, you haven't lost the opportunity.
That is part of the consideration. I will have to drive regardless of the job unless something opens up in one of the nearby towns. I was hoping to find something in Murfeesboro which is about 25 miles away but nothing has come up yet.

You have a point. Is the commute going to be any less for the next job opening?
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Old 10-23-2011, 01:28 PM
 
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Is it the kind of job where you could telecommute for part of the week?
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Old 10-23-2011, 01:46 PM
 
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Take the job.

I took a similar job my first job out of college, it was about a 50-mile trip one way. It took about 2.5 hours each way, and gas was at a then all time high. I lived at home with my parents so expenses were flexible.

I took the job to get going. I got sick of hearing no experience---no job. I considered it sort of a paid internship. within 6 months I got another offer 3 miles from home---it paid off!

One thing, they will be leary of you doing just that---ditching the job for one closer. They kept asking me if I planned to move closer to them. Just string them along, say something to the effect of you would consider moving closer to the job, but most landlords want to see one year employment before renting. that usually satisfies most nosy inquiries. Whatever you do, DON'T say your home is paid for, you can't sell it due to the market, blah, blah, its none of thier business.

You might want to consider either renting a room near the job, or small apt. Or at least scope out nearby hotels and travel with an overnight bag in case of bad weather, etc.And do make sure to get roadside assistance with a good towing package, you never know being on the road that much. and keep your car on a strict maintenance schedule.

Consider this job to be a break-even or even a loss financially just to get you on track. Or, who knows, you might like the job enough to move there! You could rent out your home and rent something in the job location---but you have your dogs---well, keep your eyes open, something might come up.

Just don't turn this job down, it might not provide money, but gives you the experience you need. Good luck
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Old 10-23-2011, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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It's not a great situation but it's doable. I lived in MN and had a 100 mile commute every day for 15 years. I learned to pay close attention to the weather because there were many days I had to leave really early. I also had backup plans and always kept a bag with extra clothes and emergency supplies in the car. After you get to know a few people at work you may have a place to stay in bad weather, and scope out the local motels too.

You'll have to make some backup plans for your dogs too. You can buy one of those plug in things to keep their water from freezing. Maybe you have a neighbor who would feed them if you couldn't make it home? I bet they already have a comfy house.
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Old 10-23-2011, 02:24 PM
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Location: Tall Building down by the river
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Don't take the job because if you do then you are stuck with a long commute and won't be able to quit because you won't get unemployment. Not only that you wouldn't be able to go on interviews because it would be too early to take off for a interview.

So i would pass on this opportunity
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Old 10-23-2011, 02:39 PM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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Amazing that the one negative input comes from the professional "employment counselor" who's about to be laid off once again. Yes, oh great guru, this is a job which YOU would pass on without hesitation because you can't even figure out how to catch a morning train for a 10 minute commute without creating a forum thread about it.

Hope everything works out for you, Wartrace. I did a 45 mile each way commute for a couple of years and it really wasn't that bad after a while. I had animals at home too (a dog and a couple of cats) but they adapted to the schedule!
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Old 10-23-2011, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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Is it the kind of job where you could telecommute for part of the week?
It is a job that could be done remotely on occasion but I have to feel them out on how comfortable they would be with it.
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Old 10-23-2011, 02:45 PM
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Amazing that the one negative input comes from the professional "employment counselor" who's about to be laid off once again. Yes, oh great guru, this is a job which YOU would pass on without hesitation because you can't even figure out how to catch a morning train for a 10 minute commute without creating a forum thread about it.

Hope everything works out for you, Wartrace. I did a 45 mile each way commute for a couple of years and it really wasn't that bad after a while. I had animals at home too (a dog and a couple of cats) but they adapted to the schedule!
When you did you 45 mile commute that was 50 years ago so times have changed.
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Old 10-23-2011, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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Take the job.

I took a similar job my first job out of college, it was about a 50-mile trip one way. It took about 2.5 hours each way, and gas was at a then all time high. I lived at home with my parents so expenses were flexible.

I took the job to get going. I got sick of hearing no experience---no job. I considered it sort of a paid internship. within 6 months I got another offer 3 miles from home---it paid off!

One thing, they will be leary of you doing just that---ditching the job for one closer. They kept asking me if I planned to move closer to them. Just string them along, say something to the effect of you would consider moving closer to the job, but most landlords want to see one year employment before renting. that usually satisfies most nosy inquiries. Whatever you do, DON'T say your home is paid for, you can't sell it due to the market, blah, blah, its none of thier business.

You might want to consider either renting a room near the job, or small apt. Or at least scope out nearby hotels and travel with an overnight bag in case of bad weather, etc.And do make sure to get roadside assistance with a good towing package, you never know being on the road that much. and keep your car on a strict maintenance schedule.

Consider this job to be a break-even or even a loss financially just to get you on track. Or, who knows, you might like the job enough to move there! You could rent out your home and rent something in the job location---but you have your dogs---well, keep your eyes open, something might come up.

Just don't turn this job down, it might not provide money, but gives you the experience you need. Good luck
That's what I am running into, lack of experience. If I look at it the way you suggest, as "tuition" it does seem worthwhile. I am hoping that since this is a smaller business they will allow me to be flexible during weather events. (People in Nashville don't do snow very well)
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Old 10-23-2011, 02:56 PM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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When you did you 45 mile commute that was 50 years ago so times have changed.
Indeed. The buggy made for rough riding and the turnover of horses was pretty high.
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