- 3 years ago
- Wedding: July 2012
I found a job posting over the holiday weekend for a position within my company (a different department, I work for a large company) that I have always thought would be a very interesting and “enjoyable” (if you want to use that word in relation to work?) place to work. I’ve thought for awhile that the work would be right up my alley and peak my interests, but didn’t know of anything opening up anytime soon. I had been kind of keeping an eye on postings, just because it never hurts to keep looking at what’s out there.
When I saw this posting, and read through it, I thought “wow this would suit me perfectly” and told myself I would call to see the salary range on Monday. I called our HR department this morning to inquire and they told me the pay which is roughly $8-12,000 more than I am currently making. I thought this would be a really nice chance for me to put my application in, and maybe/hopefully get an interview. I told my DH that I wasn’t expecting much, as I’m quite sure there are a LOT of people interested in the position, but “it never hurts to try!”. Right?!
The application asked if they could contact our current employer, and I checked “yes” so I let my current boss know that I had applied, (I sent her an email on my un-paid lunch break) and provided a link to the posting. I basically said that there was a pay increase, it’s not that I’m currently unsatisfied, but the posting peaked my interest and I thought it was worth a shot.
I had thought that she would be okay with me trying for something else. My current position is a bit of what I consider entry level and I had never assumed I’d stay her for the long haul. In fact, she & I had a discussion where she said “well, I’m curious what you’ll do next” and once she even told me that she supported me applying for things that used my degrees more than what I’m currently doing.
However, after telling her this today, she came to my desk and was asking me reasons why the current job isn’t good enough for me. I just kept saying that I didn’t mean to make it seem like I’m unhappy, but rather that I’m just “tossing my name in the hat” to see if I can possibly get an interview for a non-entry level job that I fit the requirements for and am quite interested in. She kept asking “is it all about money then?” I basically said the work looked appealing and with a pay raise yes, it’s very appealing. She brought up the fact that my insurance would be more out of each paycheck and I said I was aware of that. She asked me to figure out the difference so I’d know what my take home would be and what the actual benefit/pay increase would be. I just kept saying that $8-12,000 is quite a bit for me and I finally said, after a good 15 minutes of going round-and-round “I’m not sure why you’re having my justify this?” The conversation was left at that, except she asked me to pull up my current job description and look at what I do in addtion to it. I’m currently unionized, so she cannot give me any sort of raise even if she does think I do a lot of work “in addition”.
It’s just a personal choice to try for a higher pay, higher titled job and I feel defeated for having to discuss it like I did. Just venting.