EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. - In the interest of encouraging more, uh, audience participation in this blog of mine, I will entertain suggestions for the following problem:
Some progress on the job search front! A couple of weeks ago, I filled out an application at a local movie theater, Megamovies---and a couple of days ago one of the theater managers got back to me and requested an interview. So yesterday I spoke with him, and it looks like I will have a cashier job there---provided I talk things over with the House Manager over at the State Theatre, where I currently "work." The manager I spoke to at Megamovies thought there might be a problem with increased hours during the summer at the theater---certainly not the case, since there are maybe a little over 10 events in the coming two months. I think I'll just try to ask the House Manager either to allow me to sign up for only, maybe, a handful of events in July and August (much less than the four-per-month requirement for ushers), or possibly just allow me to take a leave of absence from the theater for two months. (Other ushers have done it.)
Here's the problem: I found out that I'm going to be paid $6.50/hr. at Megamovies. Minimum wage, just about. It's the same rate I'm getting from the State Theatre. I was disappointed by this, though I think I hid it well when the Megamovies manager answered my question about the pay.
Now, I also have a job interview this coming Monday at a drugstore in Somerset that promises to pay $9/hr. for about 25 hours a week. (I'm going to be working part-time at Megamovies too, although I stupidly forgot to ask how many hours the manager schedules per week for cashiers.) It's a data entry job, basically: looks easy enough. Sure, I'd have to travel farther---from East Brunswick, Somerset is about 30 minutes away---but I get paid more. Show me the money, as Cuba Gooding, Jr.'s famous catchphrase in Jerry Maguire goes.
I want to keep that option open, but I certainly don't want to forsake this Megamovies opportunity and pin all of my hopes on this job interview on Monday. Now that it looks like I might have a job at Megamovies, I need that to fall back on in case my job interview on Monday goes for naught. But if I do end up getting a position at that Somerset drugstore, should I reject Megamovies? Or should I take up my mother's suggestion: try to work both jobs? Personally, I kinda want some free time for myself this summer; don't want to feel like I'm working all the time this summer, as much as I perhaps need the money. (I still have writing and filmwatching to do, dammit!) And also: if I got that Somerset job, I could still work occasional shifts at the State Theatre on certain weekday and/or weekend evenings.
Or should I bite the bullet and try to juggle all three? Eh, perhaps that's pushing it...
So that's, in a nutshell, the little problem I've set for myself. Just take the low-paying job right now, or aim a little higher? And if I do get the slightly higher-paying job, should I attempt to balance both (assuming that the House Manager allows me to take some time off from the State Theatre)? Suggestions are welcome...