Should my husband take a job with a very low salary?
February 9, 2012 3:31 PM Subscribe
Should you take a job that doesn't pay enough to live on, or continue on unemployment -- which is even less?
posted by KathrynT to Work & Money (33 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My husband's contract ended just before Thanksgiving, and he's been looking for work ever since. While he's getting unemployment, it isn't enough money to cover our expenses, and we're drawing about $2K a month from his IRA every month to cover the gap. (I'm a SAHM, and in this economy, I can't earn enough to cover child care for our two children.) He has over a decade of experience, and he's been interviewing a lot, but it is a tough market out there -- he's lost out on 3 jobs in "very difficult decisions between two highly qualified candidates."
Well, he was just offered a (contract) job. . . at half his previous hourly rate. Half. It would absolutely not cover our expenses, and we live fairly frugally; we'd still have to draw about a thousand dollars a month out of the IRA. On the other hand, that's less than we're drawing now. On the OTHER other hand, couldn't that screw him in terms of future earnings if people ask for a salary history?
He replied to the contract agency, saying he is very interested but really needs a higher rate. He's also a little grumpy because he told them his rate, and said he could maybe go a little lower for the right job, but half is not a little lower! What should he do? Is the bird in the hand really worth two in the bush, or should he regretfully turn them down and keep interviewing?