I was in a customer help-desk position at a college for 1.5 years but got laid off cause they wanted to dissolve that position entirely to save money. They never officially hired me, I was a temp. It's been 8 months since then and I guess things have gone to crap- they want to hire me back, but I'm in a new role (temp to hire). I make more now, but if I were officially hired as staff at the college I'd have great benefits and long term stability. Do I go back?

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Absolutely not. They already played their hand as seeing you as expendable when they laid you off. Even if the benefits were good, it's not a stable situation as they already got rid of your position once and they are, in your words, just coming out of or are in dire straits.


Second this. Keep that company in your rearview mirror. The next time they have layoffs, you'll be a target again due to lack of seniority. It's happened to me!

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