Post # 1
Today I got a job! I’m really happy about it because I had no clue how I was going to pay my bills this month. The only issue is that I feel like I should be getting paid more. It’s a data entry job at a chemical testing center which is all fine and dandy but its only $9.00 an hour. I guess in all honestly I’m not sure what data entry people make – I’ve looked it up and it varies. I just graduated with a B.S. in Psychongy & Human services and had to unexpectedly move so I applied to everything humanly possible. This was my first and only interview and also my first job offer so I took it. Its not exactly the job I want but so many people are unemployed that I felt its better to just get a job and go on from there. Sooo.. how long do I have to wait to find a new job? Is it wrong to be looking now? Does anyone else have a degree like mine and are fresh out of college.. if so what do you make. Also.. if it is okay for me to look for a job then how do I not let my new emloyer know? Sorry guys.. I’m clueless.
Post # 3
Never hurts to keep looking for something better just do it quietly.
Post # 4
I don’t think theres anything wrong with continuing to look but I would certainly not tell your employer that you’re doing so. If they know you’re not really that committed they may cut you loose to find someone who is. As far as the pay, $9 is about how much the data entry people make at my company. Ones who have been there for decades make a little more ($11-$12 an hour) but not much. It will be difficult to arrange interviews during the day since it doesn’t exactly make a great impression to be taking time off or leaving early having just started the job. I would probably leave this job off of your resume so that they won’t be calling looking for a reference or to check on job history.
Frankly, you managed to score a paying job and for that you should be thankful (I realize you are grateful, but I’m just saying). Kudos on getting lucky on the first interview too. Lots of people have gone on HUNDREDS of interviews without so much as a call back.
Post # 5
What about trying to negiotiate your salary first? Maybe its way off what you were looking for but if a few more dollars an hour would help I’d ask. And if you do go look, don’t tell your new job.
Is this the career you want? If its not you should spend some time thinking about what industry and job you want and start searching for something that matches that rather than blanketing resumes everywhere. Plus job hopping looks bad on resumes so finding something you can stay in for a few years would be important.
Post # 6
I think a lot depends on your region. Around here, unemployment is nearly 25%. There are former high level executives who would jump on a $9/hr job these days. But that is just the nature of my community. And California in general is very hostile toward business & will be getting worse.
I imagine in other parts of the world, jobs are more plentiful.
Post # 7
If I were in your shoes, I would keep looking while keeping the job you have now. I doubt they expect you to stay there long term, and I’m sure that if you did decide to leave they’d be ok. I don’t think it’d reflect poorly on you, especially being right out of college. I know at many places, the first 3 months is considered a trial period so you could always say it wasn’t a fit for you if you found another job. Goodluck!
Post # 8
There is nothing wrong with looking. But I wouldn’t brag about it to your co-workers.
I did data entry (part-time) and was making $8.50/hour, so I think $9 is probably about right.
Post # 9
keep looking quietly and leave this job off your resume. data entry isn’t exactly a career, so obviously you should keep looking for a career job that uses your degree. for now, at least you have a way to pay the bills!
Post # 10
Doesn’t hurt to keep looking but keep it quiet and try to stay within your means now in case you can’t find something better for a while.
Post # 11
@sassy411:What part of CA? My department is relocating to the bay area, but im a little nervous about my husband finding a job
OP:I think you should definitely look for another job while keeping this one! $9 an hour does not a career make, obviously, so I think you should keep some cash coming in while you continue looking!