I'm in a bit of an interesting situation and I couldn't find anything on WSO or elsewhere else about it. Basically I worked for a boutique operations consulting firm for about a year after finishing an undergrad program, and was laid off due to business being slow back in November (along with about 50% of the company). Since then I have interviewed and received an offer for a different boutique that works on PE due diligence. I am currently sitting on this offer with the deadline approaching.
I have also interviewed with one ofreceived an offer for an office on the opposite coast. However, the start date wouldn't be for 6-8 months. I am heavily leaning towards accepting it, but since I'm not currently working, this is a bit of a problem from both an income and gap on resume POV.
How bad would it look to accept the other boutique offer, work there for 6-8 months, and then jump ship to the MBB office? I have an interest in transitioning to PE in the future, so this boutique could provide a valuable experience, make it easier to network onto PE projects at MBB and may help with future PE recruiting.
On the other hand, I am wondering if having a 6-8 month stint following a 1-year stint would look bad on my resume, how much risk there is that either the boutique or MBB finds out about the other and then what could happen if they do find out. I would also feel pretty scummy for pulling one over on the boutique.
I'm also thinking of this as a potential opportunity to do something completely different for a few months before starting at MBB, such as working on a political campaign, doing some kind of service trip, etc. I could also try to reach out to small PE firms in the area and try to find some kind of temporary position.
I am interested in hearing your opinions on the best way to handle this. Would it be a bad idea to start by asking MBB if they would be comfortable with me accepting another job in the mean time? I have already explained the situation with the lay-off to the recruiter and I'd imagine they'd understand that I can't sit for 6-8 months with no job.