Just got a job offer in Chicago, what to do???

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Bjazzman, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. Bjazzman


    Dec 7, 2004
    Madison WI
    so i've been with my company for the 4 years that i got out of school and it's been an awesome job. The people are great to work with, the boss is nice, and it's really flexible. However, my family mostly lives in Chicago and Madison. My wife and I are in Minneapolis which is about a 4.5 hour ride to madison and another 2-2.5 hour ride from madison to chicago.

    i just got an offer from a company that i pursued and they want me to work now. i just signed a lease with an apt 2 months back so i'd have to sublease. My wife is a medical assistant that would need to find a job in chicago and find school for her down there. Its really tough to find a good full time cma job for her but yet i can find a specific job for me(band instrument repair)

    i don't want to leave my wife back in minneapolis while i go to chicago in the mean time. she wont have it. so i have to find her a job and a place to stay for us in the next few weeks. Im really excited and nervous at the same time

    i'd still have to have a bench test at this new place but it sounds like the job is mine. I only hope they can wait a few weeks for me to figure things out here before i go

    what should i do?
  2. CamMcIntyre


    Jun 6, 2000
    If the pay & job security is there, go for it.

    For housing-if you're looking for a sublease check out either Craigs List or Chicago Apartment Finders.

    Depending on where you're working neighborhood wise-there's plenty to look at, or if you don't mind the commute, Rogers Park (where I live) is on the cheaper side and is a decent neighborhood close to public transit.

    Job wise for her-good luck. I have no idea what the cma field is like here.
  3. If the company in Chicago is Motorola run - don't walk - run away.
  4. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    If the offer is as good as you seem to think it is, I'd seriously consider it. That said, if they're willing to go so far as relocation assistance (which is usually a joke, but a token is better than nothing), they may also be willing to provide assistance to your wife in finding a job. The good thing about Chicago's medical programs is they are numerous. Obviously Minneapolis has great medical programs, too, but I'd think there'd be something here for her.

    Another thing you could think about is talking to the company about helping with a temporary commuting arrangement. It's a pain, but perhaps it'd help ease the transition.
  5. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois
    You can always get $100/person/night anywhere near Chitown.

    Just be able to play and you're in.