Okay, so I’ve been applying online to plenty of jobs. I still haven’t heard back from ASU, but they’re a gov’t agency, so I would understand if they were ridiculously slow. That job would pay almost $4k/yr less than I need to stay above water, but would cover most of my tuition costs, reducing my overall living expenses.
Another job I emailed my resume to try to get garnered an almost immediate response, and I was scheduled this morning to interview. From 8 to 10:30 this morning I was there filling out applications and forms with information that was already on my resume, then taking a series of short tests re: vocabulary, analogies, reading comprehension, arithmetic, and logic, then a brief personality test. The personality test I answered honestly (and they didn’t call the cops, so must not have had the right questions on it), and of the five other tests, I did great on all of them but the arithmetic test. Somehow when asked to answer 5 questions in five minutes without the use of a calculator, I started thinking about the first question and when I realized I started with a wrong value, 3.5 minutes had already passed. I have no idea how that happened. Then I got the first one solved correctly and before I could answer the second the time ran out. It was like they put together the first three questions (I didn’t even see the other two) to address my specific weakness at dealing with percents of percents of fractions of strange numbers in my head. Had I a calculator, I would have had the answers in less time than it took to read the questions. So after I finished the tests, i spent something close to 40 minutes waiting in one place or another to be interviewed. No problem, I’m patient. So first I talk to the HR person, who advises me that I’ve done better on all sections of the test than most people, including math, and have surpisingly high scores, which prevents most people from getting to the interview at all. Okay, fine. A brief interview with some stock questions followed, then she went to find a supervisor (10 minutes), who offered me the job, told me to go take a drug test w/in 48 hours, and then, at the end of my third hour there, despite my minimum required wage being clearly listed in my application, offrered me almost $7k less/year than I need to stay above water. I let him know that that wasn’t enough money, and he said he’d talk to HR about getting me more, if I pass the drug test.
Of course, if I refuse to take the job, I would have to tell Unemployment about it, and then they’d want to not pay me to not have a job. If I do take the job then I’ll just keep looking for other jobs, and may end up switching jobs after only a couple of weeks, which would look awful on a resume. I think I’ll go take the drug test tomorrow morning, then if they don’t offer me enough money, ask to be in the training starting December 2 instead of November 18, so I have another couple of weeks to try to find something that pays enough. What do you think I should do?