(Closed) Possible job offer, but lower pay.

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
3176 posts
Sugar bee

Are there other opportunities in your field available? I probably wouldn’t go for it. 

Post # 4
2171 posts
Buzzing bee

I would consider it. Is this a field you have a lot of experience in or are you needing to get experience? Does this company have room for growth or if you stay in this job for a while will you be able to find a better paying job? 

If you need experience, I would think about taking it. Also, can you negotiate? Look up some tips online for negotiating your pay. Do some research on the field, company, your area, and go in with an offer, be willing to negotiate tasks (add more responsibility for more pay) and see what happens. The worst they can say is no and you are back at this pay rate. There is a lot of good advice online. I suggest typing it all out and practice speaking it so it sounds natural and opens up a conversation with them. 

If this is something that can be used as a first step in your career, I’d seriously consider it. Good luck!

Post # 5
1124 posts
Bumble bee

Can you afford to be paid less? That’s really the biggest thing I would take into consideration. Keep applying as well; 15 applications isn’t that many in the long run!

Post # 6
4 posts
  • Wedding: May 2017

Is this a typo? Or really 4.50 per hour ?

Post # 10
7892 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

It might be reasonable to take the job if there is room for job advancement or if it truly is your dream job. How much lower is the pay compared to your current job? How are your finances right now? 

Post # 11
492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

If there is room for advancement, and you can afford the pay cut I would go for it. You never know what opportunities might present themselves once you’re in the company, and sometimes you have to sacrifice in the short term for long term gains.

Post # 12
2676 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Are you in a very specialized/niche field? If not, 15 job applications really isn’t a lot. Every time I’ve been seriously job hunting, I’ve applied for 100s of jobs. 

Post # 13
3176 posts
Sugar bee

Came back to check. 15 applications isn’t a lot. I would keep on searching. Honestly, there’s no guarantee of advancement or a raise, so I would work on starting higher. 

Post # 14
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I don’t know that I could work for a place that values it’s employees so little they don’t offer benefits and a good vacation policy. Plus it’s soooo much harder to ask for more money later once you have the job than it is to negotiate before accepting. Not sure what your previous hourly rate was but if it’s a difference of $20/hour vs. $24.50 an hour that does add up over time. I probably wouldn’t do it. Good luck!

Post # 15
5870 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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Pyboo15:  Sometimes if you are trying to break into a new field you need to take a cut.  The real question is what is the longer term earning potential in this field?  I think it’s best to make career decisions with the long term in mind – sacraficing a few bucks now may give you the experience you need to make a lot more in the future.

It’s a gamble though.  It could also be that the field you are trying to break into just doesn’t pay well. 

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