Feeling discouraged :/ (a little long)

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@LadyBlackheart:  Do you WANT your real estate license? Or are you really only doing it because you wanted a raise? Is it something you really want to use?

Post # 4
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11734 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m sorry to hear that you’re unhappy with your salary.  But look at the flip side – you love your job.  There are a ton of people who just hate their jobs and stick it out for the money.  Hopefully getting your real estate license will help you get a pay bump, or will help you find a new job after your time is up with your current place.

Post # 5
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11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I feel you, I’m in a similar situation. Have you tried ASKING for a raise?

Post # 6
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11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Do you actually want to go to real estate school? If so, what does it cost? I’d count that as a raise.  If you don’t actually want to do it, then find a new job.

Also, don’t be afraid to ask for a raise. You’ve been working there for a year now and likely have skills now you didn’t have when you started. Show them how valuable you are and what they’d be missing out on if you left. 

A college degree doesn’t get you very far these days, unfortunately everyone’s got one.  You’re fresh out of school and need to gain experience and pay your dues like everyone else has had to at some point. You’re very lucky to even be employed in a job that uses your degree straight out of college. 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@LadyBlackheart:  Then it sounds like it would be worth it. I don’t know the salary ranges in Atlanta, and I know that cost of living, and minimum wage is a lot higher in seattle than it is iin a lot of other states so while it seems extremely low to me and not even enough to live on to make 22k, maybe it works for you. The license will definitely grow your career potential, so if you can hang on it should be worth it. But if you can’t live on that salary, you may need to just move on for now and then look into the licensing.

Post # 10
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435 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@LadyBlackheart:  HR director here.  I would ask for a raise.  At 22K a year your hourly rate is 10.57 per hour.  I think a 3-5% increase would not be unreasonable.  But go in prepared with WHY you’re are worth the extra $$ and your contributions since you have been there.  You never get what you don’t ask for! Does your position generate any type of revenue?

Post # 12
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1470 posts
Bumble bee

Getting free schooling is an increase in benefits which is basically like a raise….add the total cost of the real estate license sponsorship and annualize it into your salary. Might make you feel better. And it seems like you really want it to learn and use it for your own mobility if the raise thing doesn’t work out…silver linings my dear 🙂

Post # 13
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11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@LadyBlackheart:  I would say, “Look, this is my job title, these are my credentials. This is what the average salary is for that position. I would like to discuss a raise.” Google “marketing specialist salary” and check out the results, print those off, and take them with you. The worst she can say is no, and then you need to start looking for another job.

Post # 14
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8593 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yeah my first job after grad school (MA!!) was $28k.  At least now I’m 2 years 5 months later I’m up to $43k.  I did my first for a year and used that experience to get one for $38k, and now I’m transferring (slightly) and getting $43k.  I HATED my first job.  So I had plenty of reason to look for a new one.  I enjoy my current job so I’m sticking in the same field.  Unfortunately my jobs are within the state system and they don’t give (much, if any) raises in this economy.  So the only thing I can do is get new jobs.

Do you want to get your real estate license?  Is that what you want to do?  If so I’d just tough it out until you get your license and the look for a new job.

If you don’t care about the real estate license and don’t want to be a realtor (is that what it’s for?) I would just look for a new job.  I never got any raises, I just found better jobs and since I finally had some experience I could get paid more.  You can use your experience to find a better paying job in the same area.

Post # 16
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435 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@LadyBlackheart:  Like PP’s said you won’t get what you don’t ask for!  I would ask for it now.  If she says no then you have your answer.

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