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Opinion needed - backup job offer

I work with a big fat company with offices in almost every corner of Europe. There's 60/70% chance that they will process my transfer to CH. But since it's a big, fat company, the process is going through 10 hoops and approvals, and that's making me nervous. So I am starting to look around. I have no issues with my current employer, and actually quite like their culture/policies etc.

With 8 years in IT, having developed myself ground up, and with permit being non-issue, I believe my chances should be bright. But getting a good 100k offer will take HUGE time and energy, and doing that just for a fallback job offer doesn't quite feel right, because I may be really annoying some nice HR lady and potentially getting on their blacklist. CH kinda feels small where all HR people probably gossip among each other. So, I really don't want to annoy anyone - esp. as a newcomer.

I could apply for jobs/companies I'd never join, so their anger won't matter. But that's just waste of my time for some false peace of mind.

What are your opinions on this? How normal is it to say "No, Thanks" to a job in CH? Am I over-thinking / nervous about the situation, just because all jobs are 100k+ (and need super rigorous application) ?
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Old 19.02.2015, 10:07
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Re: Opinion needed - backup job offer

Get a job first, they we can go into the theory of refusing or not
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Old 19.02.2015, 10:33
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Re: Opinion needed - backup job offer

You're overthinking things. And while Switzerland is small, it isn't that small. At the level you'll be at, I doubt any HR drone you upset will have any significant political clout.
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I know it's difficult, and that's precisely why I am wondering why I'd invest energy in something only to refuse later. But I tend to agree with the post above - looking at the volume of openings, it doesn't seem to be such thin market, and my worries may be justified at C-level, not when my experience is still in single digits years.
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This.


Also, aside from the fact that most companies don't have blacklists anyway, even if they did, no company will blacklist you just because they don't like your face (basically). If anything, you land on a blacklist because you effed up royally on a job, and even then it's unlikely.

And do you seriously think "HR people" from different companies have a circle where they get together regularly to gossip about candidates? Give them a little more credit.

Switzerland may be small, but it's not THAT small. People have better things to do than bitch across companies about some candidate - out of likely hundreds every year - they met once or twice. Why would they? They're hardly out to "get you", you're simply one of many. If someone doesn't 'like' you in an interview for some reason or other, you're not getting hired - that's all.
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