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Can I make it in the Boston IT job market?

For my own personal reasons, I would like to move to Boston. The one obvious catch: I need to make money in order to do so. I'm in software support. It's a small company, so only one support tier before issues go to engineering. Lots of .NET and SQL Server work. I've been at it a few years. I have no idea how my skillset would measure up in a big city full of some of the brainiest people on the planet. Can I survive and thrive in Boston? [more inside]
posted by UrbanEye on Aug 16, 2014 - 6 answers

Interviewing for current job but new boss. How to make a good decision?

The company I work for is being bought by another company and I have a phone interview this week with the new bosses, who are interested in keeping me on. This is pretty much my dream job already, so keeping it would be great ... but how? [more inside]
posted by vickyverky on Jun 3, 2014 - 5 answers

Orchestral Manoeuvres leave me in the Dark

I attended a concert last night and I have a question about how the members of the orchestra are paid. [more inside]
posted by essexjan on Dec 24, 2013 - 15 answers

What Salary.com IT job category am I, really?

So my annual review will be coming up in a few months. My job title is "Software Support Engineer." I'm making something in the 30-40k range, which is a good amount for someone with as little experience as I've got (I just started in IT about 2 years ago.) Prepping for my annual review, I bought one of those Salary.com employer salary survey reports. Median pay listed for a "Software Support Engineer I" is $63k! Am I underpaid, or am I really a "Technical Support Representative II" or whatever, and just have a cool job-title? [more inside]
posted by UrbanEye on Dec 8, 2013 - 16 answers

How much to charge for part-time film lecturer position?

[HowMuchShouldIChargeFilter]: I've recently been asked to teach a filmmaking course in New York on a part-time basis by a private start-up. What to charge? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by war wrath of wraith on Nov 30, 2013 - 8 answers

Did I ask for too much money?

I’m being laid off, and my exit interview is tomorrow. I would like to ask the HR manager’s advice on what salary I should request at my next job. Help me work out how to phrase my question, please. [more inside]
posted by Kriesa on Jun 27, 2013 - 16 answers

The ball's in my court (I think). Now what?

I have been halfheartedly looking for a new job. My current position does not leave me much time or energy for searching, plus I have had a lot of illness in my family in the last year, which is time-consuming and emotionally draining. When a supplier I work with mentioned that someone in her company had left recently, I asked her whether she plans to replace him, and she said she does. I emailed her my résumé, and she sent me the job listing. In her email, she asked me whether I was interested, and if not, to let her know what my concerns are so they could address them because "your résumé is great!" How do I respond in the most effective manner? [more inside]
posted by zorseshoes on Jun 20, 2013 - 6 answers

Negotiating a Job Offer

I have been offered a position with a company but they have low-balled the offer and downgraded the title (in my opinion). I have drafted an email response (which he encouraged since he is on vacation) and would love for the awesome brain trust to offer some thoughts! [more inside]
posted by Snackpants on Jun 7, 2013 - 6 answers

A million dollars would be nice, but I'll accept lower

Best ways to respond to the salary question during job interviews when the experience is more valuable then the paycheck? [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Jun 3, 2013 - 4 answers

New to the professional world, how can I expect be evaluated?

I'm relatively new to the working world and I've found that I still have a lot to learn about how things "work" and have found this community to be very helpful in the past. I've only been evaluated once before by the company I posted about before. At the time I didn't realize how ridiculous and unfair/unethical their treatment of employees/clients were so I don't have a good gauge for how my current evaluation will go. I was up for my 90 day evaluation about 30 days ago for my current job and it hasn't happened yet. From my intermediate boss, I hear that its a question of how to adjust my pay that is still being discussed. What could this mean? Is it bad? This is confounded by several special circumstances (below). [more inside]
posted by queenba on Jun 1, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me pick a job

I have been offered positions at two different companies. My stomach is in knots trying to decide between the two. [more inside]
posted by theuninvitedguest on May 29, 2013 - 21 answers

Top secret: my potential future salary

Is it common to keep the salary of a position under wraps until the job is offered to a candidate? [more inside]
posted by harujion on May 14, 2013 - 27 answers

Should I mention salary discussions in an interview thank you note?

Yesterday, I had a third interview with the same company and I want to send a followup note today. The interview went well until we got to salary discussions. I was caught off guard and did not respond as well as I should have. I already know I should have had her give me numbers first, but like I said, I was caught off guard when she asked me how much I was expecting. I told her what I made in my last position, which was in a very expensive city and now I’m in a small Midwestern city. I knew as the number was coming out of my mouth that I was saying the wrong thing. [more inside]
posted by shoesietart on May 2, 2013 - 12 answers

How do I respond to resume rejection because of high salary expectations

I sent my resume for a job that I am very qualified for but just received a message that my expectations are above the scope. They did not provide a range, just a requirement to include expected salary in the cover letter. I stated my salary and said that it is negotiable. I have plenty of wiggle room, I am in a new market that is a bit lower than others I've been in (I did lower it from past compensation, but not enough apparently). What can I say to convey I still want to be considered & am willing to take up to $15k less without sounding desperate? I am worth every penny that I asked for, and that is not just my opinion. I am very very good at what I do but again, I realize it is a new, different market so I am ok with lower...
posted by Snackpants on Apr 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Ideally, what should I be earning to live "comfortably" in Portland, OR?

Hello, people of Portland! Is $50,000 a year enough to live on comfortably in your city? [more inside]
posted by Young Kullervo on Feb 23, 2013 - 16 answers

Independent contractor - quandary re: asking for/demanding higher fee

I'm technically an independent contractor but essentially an employee without benefits for a small company. How do I renegotiate a higher fee when I've gone over hours on projects these past 6 months ? I am underpaid for the services I provide - my fault for not being more savvy at the start. [more inside]
posted by faraasha on Feb 11, 2013 - 11 answers

This is not what I signed up for.

About a month ago, I accepted a job with the federal government. The salary was mutually understood to be at the GS-12 level. I just got a call that the job will now be at the GS-9 level due to fiscal cliff issues. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by jcatus on Dec 28, 2012 - 35 answers

College Costs

How much of the budget for the average American college or university is allocated to salaries & benefits? [more inside]
posted by chara on Oct 22, 2012 - 6 answers

What an I negotiate for in my new job?

I was told the job was salaried, they offered to me but as a freelancer. Can I use this as a negotiating strategy? [more inside]
posted by You Guys Like 2 Party? on Oct 9, 2012 - 24 answers

How do I handle the salary negotiation discussion to my advantage without blowing it?

AskMeFi and other say to never throw out the first number in salary discussions, yet this has backfired repeatedly. Stick to the oft-repeated advice or rework based on experience? [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool on Sep 14, 2012 - 16 answers

Proper etiquette for an unsolicted merit raise

What is proper "thank you" etiquette when given an unsolicited raise based on merit? [more inside]
posted by Fezboy! on Jul 18, 2012 - 22 answers

Maybe they have granted my every wish

Is it ever ok not to negotiate? [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity on Apr 26, 2012 - 24 answers

Tell me how to ask for much more

What are the words I should use in my salary negotiation? I know what I want and my alternatives, etc. However, I'm going to be asking for a significant percentage increase over the initial offer, and it feels uncomfortable. Give me a script! [more inside]
posted by rainydayfilms on Mar 18, 2012 - 21 answers

Should my husband take a job with a very low salary?

Should you take a job that doesn't pay enough to live on, or continue on unemployment -- which is even less? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Feb 9, 2012 - 33 answers

What is a decent bonus for social media sales?

I just got a job working as the head of social media marketing for a startup company--exciting! There's only one problem: my new boss wants to incentivize the position through bonuses. I have no idea what to pitch in return. [more inside]
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire on Jan 27, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I ask for more money

How, when, and with whom do I negotiate my salary if I get a job offer? [more inside]
posted by methroach on Jan 18, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I figure out what the cost of living increase has been in my area over the past year?

How do I find out the cost of living increase in my region? [more inside]
posted by asnider on Dec 5, 2011 - 3 answers

I know I'm bad at math, but does this add up?

Why does being salaried mean that I lose out on 5 hours of pay every week? [more inside]
posted by masquesoporfavor on Nov 16, 2011 - 30 answers

Negotiating state employee compensation?

How do I negotiate compensation for a state position? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Oct 31, 2011 - 6 answers

What should I charge to build a mobile app?

How much should I charge for developing a mobile/web app? And, should I charge hourly, weekly, or ask for a fulltime position? [more inside]
posted by Earl the Polliwog on Sep 20, 2011 - 8 answers

I chose you over 10% more money.

I applied to Company's A and B. After about two weeks of interviews and talking to employees of each, Company A seemed better in nearly all respects. I received informal offers from both yesterday, but Company A specified a salary (which was well within the range I was looking for). I told company B this salary, but an hour or two later learned some things that ruled out company B pretty decisively. This morning Company B calls and offers me 10% more than Company A, and stock options (all other benefits being, afaik, equal). I realize I blew my chance at negotiation, but is there a way I can tactfully mention this to my now-employer, Company A? Could I expect them to offer a bit more, or to consider a raise more readily? [more inside]
posted by elektrotechnicus on Jul 8, 2011 - 22 answers

Advice for people starting their first salaried jobs?

Advice for people starting their first salaried jobs? [more inside]
posted by inTikiwetrust on Jun 19, 2011 - 21 answers

How to best clarify salary expectations

A friend recently got a job offer, yay! When she spoke with the hiring manager at the time of the initial offer, she was told she'd receive a certain amount of money, with a percentage raise after the first year. But when she received the formal offer letter, the letter specifies only the first year salary, and says nothing about a raise. Should she say something to the hiring manager? Any suggestions on how she might phrase her concerns?
posted by lesli212 on May 17, 2011 - 11 answers

Marketing position salary - entry level?

I was recently offered an entry-level job at small marketing firm. What is the going rate for salary and benefits? [more inside]
posted by Jade_bug on May 14, 2011 - 9 answers

In general, how much money do you make doing quality control work for a biotech company?

In general, how much money do you make doing entry level quality control work for a biotech company? [more inside]
posted by BasileusPY on Feb 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me get a raise!

What is the website where I can see average salaries for positions based on region, etc.? [more inside]
posted by traversionischaracter on Jan 11, 2011 - 7 answers

How do I turn a competing job offer into a raise without looking like a jerk?

Last week, one of my clients took me out to lunch and offered me a job right there on the spot. I was flattered, but I probably won't take their offer because I'm pretty happy where I am. The thing is, they were offering me more money. How do I let my current employer know that they're not paying me what I'm worth? [more inside]
posted by chevyvan on Dec 11, 2010 - 12 answers

That's what I want

JobFilter: Interview jitters... do I ask or do they offer? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Nov 15, 2010 - 13 answers

How do I define competitive salary expectations?

I have an second job interview with the R&D department of a large international industrial corporation next week. As part of the process, I am required to complete a personal questionnaire that asks what my salary expectations are. How do I figure out what I'm worth? [more inside]
posted by Cody's Keeper on Jul 3, 2010 - 9 answers

Help, I've been lowballed

The employer and I agreed on a salary range. Then they offered 10K less than the minimum of the range we had agreed on. WTF? [more inside]
posted by ladybird on Jun 11, 2010 - 40 answers

What should I know about taxes as a salaried, traveling consultant?

How do I claim taxes working as a salaried IT consultant? I have a client in another state that I travel to on a weekly basis. [more inside]
posted by jwfree on Jun 2, 2010 - 2 answers

Real World Salary Negotiation - How do you do it?

Salary negotiation - how to do it? I know that, in theory, you're supposed to get them to talk first. Does that really work? How do you do that without coming off like a jerk? Nowadays, the salary question starts in the first email. I generally deflect this question pretty well, but in the interview when they ask "What salary range are you looking for?" I run out of things to say. How do you answer this question? Give me specific phrases I can use. Based on an earlier AskMe threads, the Noel Smith Wenkle approach works well. On the other hand... (more inside) [more inside]
posted by MesoFilter on Feb 4, 2010 - 27 answers

CA Labor Law: Salary to hourly demotion

CA Labor Law: A friend has been demoted from salaried to hourly after giving notice. Is this illegal? He thinks there may have been a law passed a few years ago banning a salary to hourly demotion. True? [more inside]
posted by jenmakes on Jul 9, 2009 - 7 answers

How Can I, Early in the Process, Make Sure a Potential Employer and I Aren't Way Too Far Apart in the Potential Salary for a Position?

Does formal, or politely euphemistic, language exist by which, early on in the job-hunt process, you can make sure you and a potential employer aren't considering salary ranges that are half a planet apart? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jun 12, 2009 - 8 answers

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