I have been fortunate to have a great week and wish the best of luck to the unemployed.

I have a pending job offer to work for a trucking company. The salary is 44K and they offer insurance and benefits. They send me the offer and I accepted, now we are only waiting on a background check and drug test for a start date.

I also had an interview working in a union office. I didn't think much of this because I already had a job offer, I just wanted to see what they had to say. I really liked the managers there. The starting salary is going to be at least 36K, but I would be a union employee with the benefits. The salary would go up 2.5% yearly and there is the job stability. The manager really liked me and said he will try to speed things up to get me on board because I explained to him that I have a pending job offer. He was looking for a data entry clerk, but also wants someone to act as a manager.

These are the pro's of each:

Trucking company: Higher starting salary

Union office: Closer to home, seems stable, holidays are paid with bonuses, salary progresses up every year.

Cons:

Trucking company: Schedule is not always consistent. Not a union member.

Union office: Do not have an offer yet, only the manager's word that he liked me and wants to push for me despite having other interviews today.

Any advice would be appreciated. I am leaning towards the union position, I just don't know how long I should stall on the previous job offer. I don't want to end up losing both.

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Quoting Poor Richard,

"A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush."

One "minor" problem with a going for a union job.  If you're not in the union now, and a union member goes for the job tomorrow, you're out.  (been there.)

It is easier to get a job while having one. Take the job you have. If this union guy is keen on you, he can offer the that job later and you can always quit your trucking job later AFTER the union gives you an offer.

Beyond that I'd look at mobility. If this were a case of two job offers I'd pick the one that gave the best chance for upward mobility.

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