And what exactly is my salary??
July 24, 2006 10:10 AM Subscribe
I am a full time college student right now and have just gotten a job at a bicycle shop. The problem is, I have no idea what I am being paid. When I inquired about employment I was initially turned down, saying that there was not any positions currently available. After some pleading and explaining my passion for bikes the manager entertained the idea. During the interview he asked me when I was looking to make. This question somewhat blind-sided me as I didn't want to give too high of a number and leave a bad taste in his mouth or worse, lose the job. I told him that pay was really not important to me and just working with bikes and learning was the most important aspect of the job. Long story short I got the job but we have yet to discuss salary
I have been working there for the past few days and I still don't know what I am being paid. I do like the job very much. It's casual and fun and I am learning a lot about bicycles. What I told the manager was true about pay not being that important to me but I must admit that I am curious. So now I am in a bit of a tough spot. I want to get in good with the shop and show that I'm passionate about the work. I also know that I am in a probationary period. I'm apprehensive to rock the boat by getting into a salary negotiation that will make me come of like a greedy jerk. What should i do? How should I approach this? If I do get into a negotiation how should I handle it. I worked for five years at staples selling furniture (head of furniture department) so I have experience selling high ticket items, albeit not bicycles. I feel kind of silly in this situation but I really wanted to work at a bike shop. Should I just say the hell with it and see how it plays out? Money isn't that important right now, I don't really have any expenses, it's just going to be spending money. Should I take what they give me and show that I'm worthy of more in the coming months? Thanks in advance