I have a situation and I am not sure how to handle it. I hope this is the best place to post this since it’s a “family” related thing.
I know that I will be out of a job in January, I found out a week ago that my workplace is undergoing a reorg with a change in senior management. So I’ve been aggressively applying for jobs.
I have an offer (to interview I think, although the e-mail isn’t clear) for a job that I barely qualify for, but am interested in. I didn’t apply for this job at all, I applied for another job at this company. The e-mail is from a company recruiter.
The problem is that the job is a two hour commute from where I live (on a good day… this is accounting for traffic). I don’t mind commuting, but I also have a daughter to think of. I did some time crunching and it’s flat out impossible for me to drop her off at school (she’s only 6) work a normal 8 hour day, and pick her up before the after school care closes at 6pm if I have this commute. I already asked if telecommuting were an option and I was told no. I can’t relocate or else I might lose custody of my daughter (if I move out of the county, custody is back up for negotiation).
I feel like I need to politely turn down this position, but I want the company to consider me for other positions, closer to home. Any suggestions? My thought was to reply to the e-mail saying something like, “I regret that I must decline applying for the position at this time due to the location of the job site, but I hope that you will consider me for other openings at ____ company.”
That just sounds so cheesy, but I don’t want to explain in detail that it just won’t work out. I don’t even know the correct terminology since it’s not really an offer (again, I don’t think, the language isn’t clear, but I can’t see them offering me a job sans interview and meeting me in person).
I am almost wishing they didn’t contact me about this particular job. It would be a great company to work for, but I feel if I turn them down on this, they won’t contact me again.