(Closed) Job Decision: Low Pay or Keep Looking?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
Member
4770 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@rljohnso14:

ouch.  How can they possibly make you commit to 2 years?  You can always break a contract, I’d think.

Post # 4
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948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

How long have you been looking?  How much longer can you go without a job? Are you dipping into savings or living w/family? 

If you’ve been looking for 4-6mths and have had no leads but this one, I would take this job, and work on resume building.  I would also consider getting a part-time job for extra income.

Post # 6
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10287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Would it be possible to get an entry level position in another field while you wait to find a teaching job? You can make more than that working in a number of entry level positions. 

$18k isn’t very much money and I don’t imagine anyone could really support themselves on it. Not to get too personal but what’s your living situation like?

ETA: Saw your PP. Yes, I guess you can be a little pickier but committing to only $18k for 2 years is a scary thought. Who knows how much gas will be in 2 years? We could be looking at $8 p/gallon by then! lol

Post # 7
Hostess
3571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Ok, even before taxes, you’ll be making less than minimum wage in some states. I’m sorry, but I don’t even really think you should consider this unless this is the type of job you specifically want experience in, which it doesn’t sound like. Trust me, I understand the non-profit world (I’m part of it) but I HATE HATE HATE the way that some non-profits think the 501(c)(3) filing code entitles them to exploit potential employees by paying them way under market value for their skills. Let alone exect that you’ll sign on for two years of what is essentially indentured servituded.

Honey, you keep looking for a job, and I promise you if you’re flexible you will find something. Taking this job will just re-enforce the exploitation cycle by telling them its ok. If you really can’t find anything, and want to gain experience in a non-profit, look at AmeriCorps positions. It also pays about minimum wage, but has a one year contract at a SCREENED (legit) non-profit, enables you to defer your loans (if you have them) and give you a substancial loan bonus at the end of the year to help pay back educational loans (again, idk your situation).

Good luck, you can do it! And sorry for sounding like a weirdo with all the exploitation stuff, I just deal with this crap a lot.  

 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I don’t know if this would work, but if they offer you the position, could you ask for more? Tell them you are very interested in the position, but honestly don’t know if you could support yourself on the salary they are offering. Either they’ll give you more or tell you no, at which point you can decide if the job is worth the low pay. Worth a shot!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@rljohnso14: keep looking! this pay is way too low! you cannot even live on this pay. keeping working hard to find a job and you will find a better option. or…couldyou ask them for more money?

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