Do advances exist?
July 29, 2009 3:49 PM Subscribe
Is it possible to get an advance in salary (that is, an early paycheck) when just starting a job?
posted by anonymous to work & money (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have been unemployed since I graduated from college this spring, although I started looking and applying for jobs much earlier. After a string of setbacks, I've interviewed at a couple of jobs, and I feel really good about them to the point where I truly feel that I could be on the verge of getting an offer. Although nothing has set in stone yet, this has given rise to a new problem.
Right now, I'm in dire straits financially. Were I to be hired, I currently have just enough money to get me to and from work for the first week, if that. I'm trying to change that by selling my old things, but I'm not sure if that will make a big enough dent. I would ask my parents to borrow from them if I needed too, but they have their own troubles.
So what I was wondering was this: if I get a job and it turns out my paycheck isn't weekly, or if it turns out that I won't be getting money for a while, would it be possible for me to receive part of my salary before the first check--say, after the first week, and that amount can be deducted from the check I'd get later? For the record: I'm not expecting money before I start, and these are normal, salary-based positions I've been applying for, as opposed to commission-based ones. Will companies do this? When should I ask?
I know I haven't gotten an offer yet, and I may not get one for these jobs, but it's such a pressing issue that I felt I might as well ask for future reference. Thanks!