“It feels like a great betrayal and I feel really guilty about attending the interview in the first place. What if karma comes back to bite me?” Says Ruth Maribe.
Getting a job is not an easy task in today’s job market. Most job seekers are determined to do anything to get a job, even if it means stepping on some toes along the way. Is it worth losing your friendships in order to gain a job? What are some of the things you are willing to do to land a job? Here is one job seeker’s dilemma.
I have been working for the past 3 years now. I love my job and not to brag. But I am good at what I do. During the 3 years, my salary has been reviewed twice and I have been promoted once. For me, this is an indication that my career is progressing as it should.
Unlike other professionals, I have not really thought about looking for a new job because I am comfortable where I am and I am happy with the progress that I am making. However, last month, something very interesting happened.
My company had been invited to a networking event and I was among the lucky people who were invited to attend it. There I met a very good friend of mine who had attended the function with her boss. We said our hellos and she introduced me to her boss.
After some interaction with him, he said he had heard a lot about me and he would like to talk again sometime. I gave him my card and proceeded to talk with other professionals at the event. When it was time to leave, my friend and I left together.
A week ago, I received a call from my friend’s employer who asked if we could meet for tea. I agreed and proceeded to attend the meeting. When I got there, he told me that he was interested in hiring me and he even offered to double my salary and give me some benefits,such as house allowance, medical etc.
I was very impressed because at my current job, I do not receive any benefits and I thought this was a very good deal. However, when I asked what my position was, he told me the position that I knew belonged to my friend. I felt crushed,but I composed myself and told him that I would think about it.
He gave me 2 weeks to think about it before he starts interviewing other people for the post. I am in a dilemma. Should I accept the job offer? Should I tell my friend that her job is up for grabs? I have so many questions running through my mind and I feel stressed. Please advise me.
What advice would you give Ruth? Leave your comments below.