(In the same week, I received a job offer from a smaller restaurant on Monday, which I had initially accepted to start the following Monday. On Friday, I had an interview at a larger, more reputable restaurant with better benefits. Following a second interview, I received a job offer from this second place on Saturday, offering a higher hourly wage plus an additional $0.50 for each new position I learn, as well as perks like monthly wine tastings, dental and vision coverage, and a dollar-for-dollar 401k match. The orientation for the second job is scheduled for the upcoming Friday, with a start date on the following Monday.
Both job offers are for full-time positions, and I now face a dilemma. While I appreciate the opportunity from the first restaurant, I’m leaning towards taking the second offer due to its better compensation and benefits. However, working both jobs simultaneously is not a viable option for me as I highly value my free time and mental well-being, and working both morning (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and night (4 p.m. to 11 p.m.) shifts would likely lead to burnout.
To handle this situation delicately, I need to inform the first restaurant about my decision without damaging relationships, especially with the head chef. Additionally, I also need to communicate with my family, who may suggest taking both jobs, that I cannot realistically commit to an 80-hour workweek.