So here's the issue, The background to this question is this, 1) my wife and I are from the northeast and would like to live there or Florida, and 2) finding jobs for my line of work is very very difficult, it takes a lot of time and stress. I was very fortunate to receive two job offers this July for jobs that start in August. Job A is at a small place out West in the middle of nowhere. It's not perfect for me, but it is a permanent position. We don't see ourselves there forever. I have verbally committed to this one, but they have been very slow to get me the work contract to make it all official or answer my questions. Job B is a small place in upstate New York, closer to one of the larger cities, pays better, and in a wonderful area that my wife and I could happily live in forever. Awesome job. But it is a one year temporary job. They are currently trying to 'steal' me away from Job A by telling me that it should become permanent after the first year, but they can't guarantee that. So the question is: play it safe with the permanent job and ride out the recession? Or gamble for the perfect job, and risk unemployment after a year? I am still reasonably young, but no savings and lots of student loan debt. The wife is leaning toward Job B.