Post # 1
So I’ve been unemployed and looking for any and all work. I just had an interview for a part-time bakery/cake decorator position at a grocery store and they offered me the job on the spot! I was so grateful to even have an offer that I didn’t ask about the pay. I called my FI after and he said I should have asked. I told him I would have taken the job regardless of the pay. He said I should have asked in case one of the other jobs I applied for calls and offers me a job at a pay that might be higher. I don’t think I will be receiving any calls…out of the 20 or so jobs I applied for in the last month, this is the only one that called.
I looked up the job on Glass Door, and I don’t know how reliable it is, but 2 people posted that they were payed $9-$11/hour. That’s perfectly fine to me, since like I said, I’ll take anything. Should I have asked anyway?
Post # 3
@newcitylights: I’ve never asked about pay before but that’s because one job offered it up hoping to get me right away. For my other positions I have no idea how to tactfully bring it up so I don’t. CONGRATULATIONS ON GETTING A JOB!
Post # 4
Maybe you should have but I think you should just do it now since you are unemployed and were looking for anything. A bird in the hand is worth more than two in the bush. If the others call later, you can think about it then.
Post # 5
I would assume it’s minimum wage, but hopefully more! Call and ask!!
Post # 6
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@newcitylights: Generally, you should always ask but if any job is better than no job, it doesn’t really matter. You should go ahead and call your contact to find out what the pay is. If you get another offer, most states are at will employment states so you can quit and take the other job if you want.
Post # 7
I’m in the opinion of “any job is better than no job”, so I wouldn’t have thought to ask, either!
Though the last job I got and didn’t ask about what the pay was, I was AMAZED to find that I was making $13/hr! Which is the most I’d ever made by $2.50/hr.
So cross your fingers for $9-11, but anything’s better than being unemployed!
Post # 10
I just called and it’s $8.20 an hour but since I have experience, the person I interviewed with is going to talk to management to try to get me a higher starting pay. 🙂
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@vmec: Just out of curiosity because I will be looking for a higher paying position within my field after my degree, how do you ask?
‘I was wondering what teh starting salary is for x position?’
Nothing ever sounds right to me!
Post # 13
Congrats on the new job!
I always ask about pay. However, I’ve never been unemployed. I think I might just forget if I was because I’d be happy to be employed. Reguardless of what you’re making it’s probably more than you are now.
If it doesn’t make much, or you don’t like it, it’s like my dad always says, “The best time to look for a job is when you already have one.”
Post # 14
@newcitylights: Yes you should have asked. You should always ask about pay prior to accepting a job. And I am also quite surprised the people interviewing you did not mention it themselves after you had not done so. Weird.
Post # 15
@newcitylights: They should have offered that info to you before offering you the job. Usually its minimum wage with part timers.
Post # 16
@newcitylights: I would call your contact and say something along the lines of, “I was so excited to accept the job that I totally forgot to ask what the pay is!”