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Old 05-20-2011, 04:57 AM   #1
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Ok so, a little background: i haven't worked since october of last year. i've been looking, and resourcing like a mother effer.

i ended up applying to a bike shop in my area through their website. it's a chain store, and they have shops in several neighboring cities. i got a call from one of the other stores for an interview about 3 weeks ago. the commute is about 20 miles/30 minutes without traffic. i go in, things go great. i have to do a background check which is mandatory from the company to be considered for employment. no big deal, it'll take a week. this job will just be a bicycle mechanic. pay is minimum wage for CA. i already know i got the job, i called them a few days ago and accepted their offer and am waiting to hear back from the guy who does the training/orientation who works at the shop in my city. the bike shop really wants me to work for them based on past experiences at other shops, teams, personal experience, basically.... i know a shit ton about bikes.

in that week i was waiting for the background check, i get a call from a friend that an off road shop that is closer, and pays more, needs help. i call the shop up, and interview. i find out the position pays almost double the bike shop, is full time, and will all and all be a better learning experience for me. i'd be essentially running the front of the shop, answering phones, doing sales, ordering materials, and keeping up with their builds (among many other things). it's a big shop in the particular part of the industry, with a great reputation, and i'd be able to learn a lot not only about how a business is run but also about fabrication and machine parts. i am a moderator on a different forum and am very familiar with the shop's product line, which is a big plus for the owner. i already know a lot of people in the industry they cater to, which is another big plus.




my dilemma: i had already accepted the job at the bike shop before i had heard from the off road shop. how would you tell the bike shop that you found a better job that pays more, and is closer to your home? before this, i worked 7 summers (i'm only 21 until mid-june) as a life guard, while doing bike stuff on the side, or in the off-season... especially before i got hurt. i had always gone to school during the normal year, then lifeguarded, no need to job hunt and i never had 2 job offers at once. the owner of the off road shop used to be a pro BMX rider, and i know a lot of the people that he used to live with, makes products for on his machines, or used to ride with.



thanks for the input (sorry it's a long read)
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Old 05-20-2011, 06:41 AM   #2
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i would say if the off road shop offer is solid, i would accept their offer, call the bike shop back and be honest with them. they will find another person to take your place, and you gotta do what is best for you. i honestly don't think the bike shop will care about you beyond you doing your job, and a min wage job can be done by most people on the street with little or no training.

also take into consideration gas prices. probably going to go up, and that commute is going to cost you money.

be sure to thank them for their offer tho, it will show integrity on your part. i would even go so far as to send them a thank you card.

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I would have to agree with AJ. It sounds like you know alot about bikes but they aren't offering to compensate you for your knowledge. And I also agree with AJ on notifying the bike shop of the other job offer. It is always a good idea when turning down a job offer to send a thank you card. especially if said company has paid for a background check on you. (why a background for a bike shop?) anyways, in todays economy any job is better than none but if you get an offer for twice pay and less comute I would jump on it.

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The job decision is a no-brainer.

Man up and tell the bike shop folks in person.
They'll understand and appreciate you being up-front about it.
See if they want to consider you for some part-time/weekend bike shop work, for a double-win.
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I also agree with AJ. Shorter commute, better money in what you want to do.
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This is kind of a no brainer.

The one offering the most money!

It is eveyone here's dream to work in a 4x4 shop!Fuuk the bike shopGo for the better JobAnd ROCKIT!

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tell the bike shop you got a better offer if you really wanna work there. tell them to match the offroad shop and you'll come work for them. my guess is that they wont, sounds like you'd rather go to the offroad shop anyhow. dont feel bad, that's just how business is. you think if they suddenly realized they didnt have the money to pay you, they would still give you the job just because they told you they would? doubtful.

i had this same thing happen to me back in december. i accepted a job at "just tires" and then a week later had a job at an insurance company for $2 more an hour, no weekends and 8-5 everyday. i told just tires to give me exactly what they were giving me and i'd come work for them, they wouldnt, so i said seeya.
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I worked in a bike shop for 6.5 years. I got to the point where it was very dissatisfying because I knew everything there was to know about bikes at the time - I couldn't learn anything more. If you're curious about learning new things - go with the offroad shop. It's sure to have more variety of things to learn.

I agree with the bike shop suggestions, just be honest and tell them what happened - don't burn any bridges if you can avoid it.
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thanks for the help guys. i go in for some training at the off road shop on sunday, then i'm either going to call or go talk to the bike shop manager in person on monday
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