Today the HR officer made the job offer I had been waiting for. It was substantially lower than I had hoped. In fact, it was less than I made at my previous job with is several thousand less than I currently earn. So I would have to take a pay cut right out of the starting gate and then add on the cost of commute.
It just doesn't add up.
I want the job. I believe I am a very good fit. I believe I could bring a lot to the position. But I don't feel I can take what they offered, and they appeared totally unwilling to negociate. They will re-open the position and start all over in the search and I will start all over in looking for my right job.
Big sigh. You know what they say, life is what happens while you are making other plans.
I guess I'm glad they picked me. The team I would be working with all seemed so eager to have me join them. I'm disappointed. But I remain convinced that things will work out and that I'll land on my feet.