Friday, July 30, 2021

Chicago Job Update

I received an email from the museum in Chicago saying the team wanted to continue to pursue me as a job candidate and would like to set up a time for a Zoom interview sometime between Friday and Tuesday. I wrote back I was most available on Friday. The interview is scheduled for 2 pm today. It will be an interview with the museum's Executive Director and the COO of the foundation that funds the museum.

There is not much I can do to prepare except refresh myself with the job’s description. The interview I had with HR was pretty thorough so I know what to expect. The team will have my resume, cover letter, and the HR person's initial interview notes. I assume they will want to get a feel for how dynamic I am, and how well I could represent the museum in the community while also expanding on some of the questions already asked by HR.

I hope this interview will be an easy conversation about the position, and I will be able to address any issues they throw at me. This museum has a mission similar to my current museum except they are more focused on all veterans whereas my university-based museum is more focused on alumni veterans. Also, this Chicago museum has more funds and prestige in the wider veteran community. I have worked with this museum and its foundation in multiple ways. The foundation funded the position which originally brought me to Vermont. 

They know I interviewed for a different position at their museum several years ago. Ultimately, they hired someone with more qualifications. In the current available job, I meet all the required and preferred qualifications much like when I applied for the previous position I held at my current museum. I am confident I am what they are looking for. 

However, there is a lot for me to consider. Primary considerations are: 
  1. Will they offer a salary that will make the move to Chicago worthwhile? Rent and cost of living are higher there.
  2. Will the pros outweigh the cons regarding vacation time and benefits?
  3. Chicago does have a more active LGBTQ+ scene than Vermont as do most places, but that is a consideration.
  4. I will lose my current faculty status as an Assistant Professor. This is a personal consideration that may not mean as much to others.
  5. Before I could say yes, I would need to discuss the healthcare situation in Chicago with my current medical providers. While I realize Chicago is a larger city and the opportunity for world-class healthcare should be available, my medical team at the University of Vermont and Dartmouth have been life-changing.
It’s a lot to consider if they offer me the job. I’ll just have to wait and see.

UPDATE: The interview seemed to go pretty well. I think I answered their questions and was able to show them I would be a good fit. Now, I have to wait for them to finish the other interviews and get back to me. It seems like this was the final interview in the process, and they will not be bringing people to Chicago because of COVID. 


Jeremy Ryan said...

Good Luck! I hope this turns out the way you want it to.

JiEL said...

The wise thing is just what you've just mentionned.

Weighing the plus and minus between the two situations.

I would say to you: un tien vaut mieux que deux tu l'auras.
Which means in French: one thing you're having is better than the second you might have.

For me, Chicago isn't appealing to be a dangerous city and a big city where lot of bad things are happening. It could be even more hazardous for your health as it's a very populated city.
For sure the cost of life and rent can be higher than in Vertmont.

But as always, it's your life and only you can decide how you're goiong to move it on.

Anonymous said...

Joe, How far you have come in recent years! I think that your attitude to the job opening is very sensible, being open and honest, and not precluding possible outcomes. Good luck! Roderick

VRCooper said...

Sorry, I am late to the game...I wish you well...I am sure you dazzled them...Chicago sounds exciting...I am sure you know those cost of living tools out there...Chicago is a fun town...I have been there once and to me it had a midwest feel to it-the people were nice and welcoming-but a big city atmosphere...I wish you nothing but the best...Don't worry about your medical situation...I am sure the city will meet all your medical needs...Also, your current healthcare providers can probably refer you to a few of their colleagues and they will serve you well...Fingers and balls crossed...

naturgesetz said...

There is certainly a lot to consider if you are offered the position: job security where you are vs. there, small town vs. big city, the known vs. the unknown. No doubt you can live anywhere. I'm partial to suburban livng. If you could afford to live somewhere with a suburban feel to it, Chicagoland could be pleasant.

Anyway, I hope it all turns out for the best for you. I'm glad you had a good feeling from the interview.

Sean Kelly said...

Good luck. Cliché to say, change is good. But it can be. I reinvigorate perspective and goals, take stock of what you truly need to be happy and at peace.

I am jealous. I lived in Chicago for 25 years. Had to leave due to health issue that required me to be nearer family. It's a wonderful place. The dozens upon dozens of neighborhoods are little different states unto themselves. 3 million people and you can still have a day out on your own and feel invisible if you want, or part of the community.

BosGuy said...

Just getting caught up and wanted to say congratulations. As a person who recently has been interviewing a lot this past spring / summer, I know how hard it can be to read the impressions of the interviewer. My goal with each of my interviews was to feel as if I answered each question to the best of my ability and to have no regrets for what I said or failed to mention.

Keep us posted.