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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Career Question Answered - Holding Job Offers

Career Question – I have been offered a job in an insurance company but have been told by a law firm that they may have a job coming up in the next two weeks. How do I hurry the law firm up so that I can see if they are going to make an offer before I start the job in insurance? I am a solicitor who has struggled to find work for the past few months and need money urgently to pay my mortgage.

The answer to this is fairly simple. There is nothing to stop you taking the job with the insurance company, and then at a later stage if another post comes up handing in your notice and moving from one to the other. Whilst this is not exactly very helpful to anyone from the employer side, it does give you the option of taking a more suitable position without compromising your income and earning capability. In most jobs these days you have a contract that stipulates there is a probationary period of 3 months. During those 3 months your employer can give you one week’s notice to leave for pretty much any reason they like. A number of employers are fairly ruthless when using this clause and will not think twice before asking a member of staff to leave. Similarly, you have the same rights, which is usually to hand in your notice and leave having given one week to your employer. This does then give you the option to ensure that your income is in tact and at the same time to consider new options. This is a very difficult time for a lot of solicitors, particularly newly qualified as they struggle to find suitable work and secondly to get a reasonable salary. You can obtain a salary review from Ten-percent Legal Recruitment either by visiting our website or by sending us an e-mail to stating your location, level of experience and current salary.

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