I was recently offered a position as an Assistant Planner for the third largest city in the state. I accepted the position over 3 weeks ago, and subsequently gave notice to my current employer (an internship). This position is also requiring a move.
Per my interview and the official offer letter I received, I was planning for a start date of Sept. 2nd. I talked to HR two weeks ago to give them the heads up for getting my paperwork in order. Last Thursday I called because I had a couple general questions in preparation for starting on the 2nd, and was informed that they had decided to delay my start date by ONE MONTH.
A couple of things make this seem very troubling to me: 1. I called THEM, when were they planning on telling me that my start date was delayed? 2. They knew that I was making preparations to leave my current internship in time for the Sept. 2nd start date, and also that I would be moving for this position. Now I am faced with having no income for a month while all of my bills go late. I keep getting the run around every time I call, questioning whether they are going to honor their official offer letter or stick to the one month delay, and as of today (a week from when I am supposed to start), I can't get anyone in HR or the Planning Dept. to call me back.
I am seriously starting to panic. Is this treatment to be expected in a slow and indecisive bureaucracy? Can anyone offer me any suggestions as to what I should do?