A week ago, I sent an acceptance for a job offer. All in all, a Good Thing. There is one small rub, though: they are doing the paperwork, including background check, after making a conditional offer. And I just found out today that the background check is not yet finished. I had been told that it would take “about a week.” so it should be done soon.
The new employer wants me to get started as soon as possible (yesterday, if that could be arranged). But I have to give two week’s notice at my present job first.
So this puts me on the horns of a dilemma.
[li]I very much hesitate to jump ship while all I’ve got is a conditional offer. [/li][li]I am concerned that if I ask the employer for more time, for this reason, they might at least suspect that I’m worried about a crime I committed (I have a clean record, and my credit, while not perfect, doesn’t suck… but see below). Or they might even get mad and pull the offer.[/li][/ul]
I wonder if I might be a trickier case in a background check than usual for a couple of reasons. First, my previous employer’s department was sold and then dismantled after I left the job. Second, I have been subletting a place for a couple of years after my previous apartment had a fire. I get all my mail and do my taxes from the new digs, but wonder if that might be a problem that my name isn’t on any lease.
So, what do y’all think?