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How to escape from a vicious cycle of low earnings?

How to escape from a vicious cycle of low earnings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous_account on Sep 11, 2014 - 16 answers

Is it worth leaving one job for another for the same pay?

I'm employed now but have been job-searching for a few months. I've finally found a company that I'd like to work for. The disappointing part is, the final offer they've made is for a lower salary than I'd wanted; after crunching the numbers, I would be earning the same as what I earn at my current job, with no title change. Is it a good idea to move to a new employer for equivalent pay, if the only discernable difference between the two is that the new job seems more interesting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 29, 2014 - 15 answers

1-on-1 time with the president...

Posting for a relative... The President of my company has asked everyone in my department to meet with him in a 1 on 1 meeting in an effort to get to know us on a more personal level. I work for a Fortune 500 company in the travel industry. I studied Economics in college and deal with supply/demand pricing every day. From what I've heard, his meetings with non-management employees have been very relaxed. At the end of the meeting he asks what your salary is and if you are happy with it. He also asks if we have any questions for him. My question to you is what should my answer be to the salary question be? I am happy with what I'm getting paid but obviously want more. And what kind of questions should I ask him?
posted by likeapen on Jul 30, 2014 - 8 answers

Why is there such a huge difference in web developer salaries?

I'm studying web development. The yearly salary estimates I've found online range from $40,000 to $80,000 or more. What gives? [more inside]
posted by quiet earth on Jul 25, 2014 - 21 answers

Do I ask for a raise?

Do I ask for a raise? My long-term contract is being renewed for the second time, and for the second time on the "same terms", i.e. no increase in my hourly rate. I'm torn between asking for a raise because "I should" - my role and responsibilities have expanded greatly over time - and accepting the offer because, well, I'm not going to leave over this and based on my cursory knowledge of similar positions elsewhere I'm still paid competitively. And I don't want to make a fuss. [more inside]
posted by scribbler on Mar 4, 2014 - 16 answers

JobFilter: help me choose

Choice 1. Tech startup - smart people, legitimate prospects, lots of autonomy, good upside, exciting work. Choice 2. Young but growing company - #5 with a bullet in their industry, much lower risk, 15% higher pay, potentially boring work [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2013 - 22 answers

Salary negotiation moving from non-profit to for profit company?

Hi everyone- I have a friend who is close to an offer at for-profit company in NYC, but his background is in non-profit. He wants to ask for a salary in the range that his research shows is a fair for his experience level and the industry standard. However, this amount is nearly $25,000 higher than his current non-profit salary, and he is afraid that revealing his salary history will not allow him to negotiate a fair rate. Does anyone have advice or has been through a similar transition themselves? Thank you in advance for your assistance. -FH
posted by Equiprimordial on Dec 4, 2013 - 7 answers

How do I ask for a raise in this tricky situation?

How do I negotiate a raise given an increased cost of living, lower-than-median pay, but also a list of great accomplishments and accolades? Do I present it all, just parts of the situation, or something else? I know that traditionally you just make a case for your value to the company and leave it at that, but I feel more is at play here. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Should I take this job?

After interviewing for a full-time position, I was offered the job as a contract-to-hire. Should I take it? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Aug 23, 2013 - 29 answers

I want to get paid for what I was told I'd be paid. Right now I'm not.

How to go about dealing with a raise I "officially" got but in practice did not? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2013 - 8 answers

Salary discrimination. Looking for advice to help a coworker negotiate.

The new hire is making more than someone who has been there for years and is still doing most of the work. What should I tell my coworker so that she can negotiate a fair salary? [more inside]
posted by adapt on Aug 3, 2013 - 26 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

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

Did I box myself in with a low salary?

I just had my first phone interview for a prospective software engineering job, which was a ten minute phone call with an in-house recruiter. I wasn't expecting the topic of salary to come up this early in the process, which I grant was maybe naïve, but they asked me and I gave a lowball offer. Now I'm wondering whether I've screwed myself here. [more inside]
posted by Two Stranger on Apr 30, 2013 - 14 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

Timeline of a counterofffer

How long must you wait before making a counteroffer during salary negotiations? [more inside]
posted by Big Chief Little Pants on Feb 25, 2013 - 7 answers

Contract programming position questions.

I interviewed for a remote programming gig recently, and they requested a trial contract before making a final offer. I'd be hired as a long-term remote contractor (year+, 100% telecommuting), not an employee. I have some questions: [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2013 - 8 answers

Best way to get paid in multiple currencies?

Asking for a friend: what is the best, fee-avoiding bank account set up for a freelancer who works internationally and is paid in multiple currencies? More details... [more inside]
posted by scuza on Sep 19, 2012 - 3 answers

How much should I charge a former employer (that laid me off) for contract work?

I was recently let go ("cost cutting") from my job as a web developer, one that I've held for well over a decade at the same employer. After they gave me the news, they mentioned the possibility of me doing work for them in the future on a contract basis and asked what I would charge them. How much is a fair amount to charge them while making sure it's worth my while? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2012 - 26 answers

Is my salary holding me hostage?

I have a job. It's a pretty good job and I've been around here for a while. Some recent changes (some at work, some in life) and some things that haven't panned out like I envisioned have me looking around. But in my brief survey of the landscape, I think I may be stuck here because the salary ranges in my area for the skills I have are around 30% lower than the ~$85k I make in my current situation, which would simply not work for my budget. What fields or opportunities might I be overlooking? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2012 - 4 answers

How do I explain that I've never had a salary?

My salary history is ridiculous and piecemeal, in part due to working abroad for much less money than I would have made in the U.S. and also just being generally underpaid. I am not opposed to disclosing it to employers when asked, but am afraid the complexity would be a turn-off. How do I signal to employers that I'm not trying to be coy but that I don't really have a salary history that is going to be useful for them in determining my potential salary? [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell on Aug 17, 2012 - 20 answers

Negotiating on benefits: Sure, you can supplement my take-home pay with chocolate.

I know how to negotiate on salary. Tell be about negotiating on benefits. What have you asked for and received that really sweetened a job offer for you? [more inside]
posted by embrangled on Aug 16, 2012 - 7 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

Please help me with my first salary negotiation.

I am preparing to negotiate my salary for the first time. What strategy should I take? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2012 - 13 answers

Revising our dream: how to find work that can be done from anywhere in the US

Work to live. How to find jobs we can do from anywhere in the US (or ideally anywhere in the world). Bonus for attorney jobs. [more inside]
posted by semacd on Jul 13, 2012 - 11 answers

How do you turn your business into a company?

Do you have to know how to cook to own a restaurant? [more inside]
posted by azn_hunnie on Jun 13, 2012 - 26 answers

HR from potential (new) employer is asking for 1) references 2) salary history. This is post interview which took place nearly 2wks ago.

HR from potential (new) employer is asking for 1) references 2) salary history. This is post interview which took place nearly 2wks ago. [more inside]
posted by ezekieldas on Mar 26, 2012 - 12 answers

What is fair compensation at a start-up?

I'm a medical student, taking a year off before residency. During the year, I'm going to be working for a new start up that creates medical apps. I will be creating content for their apps and working on their social media strategy. Does anyone have any ideas about how I can determine what I should be paid, and/or how to negotiate it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2012 - 3 answers

What's a reasonable expectation for allowable uncompensated work?

How common (or uncommon) is it for an employer to ask for employees to work extra, uncompensated time? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Jan 5, 2012 - 19 answers

How much of a higher salary for lots of traveling?

How much more should a job pay if a significant amount of travel is required? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by taojones on Dec 27, 2011 - 13 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

Fighting for salary re-negotiations

I've been learning new skills at my company that are far outside of my current job description. I've long ago realized that there's going to be a need for someone to take on these responsibilities beyond the one person we have now. And the time seems to be approaching! Please help me work through this and nail the salary re-negotiations. [more inside]
posted by Tequila Mockingbird on Nov 30, 2011 - 13 answers

Should I take this job?

Should I take this job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 22, 2011 - 25 answers

I swear I'm not an intern!

Help me find a new job title and job description and defend my cause when asking for a raise at what is an undeniably screwed up organization. Many more details inside. [more inside]
posted by moshimosh on Sep 1, 2011 - 2 answers

Do I need a new job?

Salary Filter: Am I getting screwed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 30, 2011 - 16 answers

HR wants my salary info

Tell them my salary or politely decline? On Friday, I learned about a job opportunity though an ex-colleague who would be my new boss. This person told me they're eager to fill the position and asked what salary I'm looking for. I ducked the salary question and, at their urging, applied online yesterday. Today I get a one-sentence email from an HR rep asking my current salary. I know salary negotiation has been covered on AskMeFi before, but I haven't seen this particular variation. No interview has happened. Doesn't salary talk usually happen later on? I have no idea how much this position pays, benefits, etc.; it could be better or worse than my current gig. The prospective position is grant-funded with a City agency. (Side question: are grant-funded positions risky?)
posted by timnyc on Jun 13, 2011 - 32 answers

Working for the Weekend?

Which job would you choose? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2011 - 19 answers

What am I?

I'm in the process of being hired on from contractor to full time status. My boss asked me what title I would like. I need some help figuring out what I want to be and how much a person of that title should make. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 27, 2011 - 6 answers

How to get a good offer from a good friend

How do I negotiate a job offer from a good friend? Very specific details inside. [more inside]
posted by p. kitty on Mar 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Is it ok to ask for time to consider a job offer?

Is it ok to ask for time to consider a job offer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2011 - 17 answers

How to negotiate salary in Italy

Please help me negotiate the best salary. As an American working for an Italian company (in Italy)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2011 - 1 answer

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

Help me figure out whether I should ask for a raise.

How do I make sure I don't get screwed salary-wise when a new person gets hired? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2010 - 12 answers

Wage issues when moving from part-time to full-time.

Moving from part-time to full-time at work. Since I'll have benefits, is it fair to compare my old hourly rate to my new one? Should I accept what appears to be a cut in pay? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2010 - 19 answers

I'm undervalued, morale is low and my work is starting to suffer. How do I talk to my boss?

I'm undervalued, morale is low and my work is starting to suffer. How do I talk to my boss? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2010 - 9 answers

Lawyer Dumpster Dives for Lunch

Family Business Filter: How do I negotiate a salary that reflects my value? How does a firm base salary from hourly billing rate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2010 - 15 answers

Should I apply for job with listed pay range below mine?

Should I apply for jobs that list a lower salary range than I'm currently making, if the qualifications fit? And how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 2, 2010 - 7 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 metrics are sales professionals guided by?

What metrics are sales professionals guided by? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2009 - 6 answers

Do I apply for a lower-level position?

Hate my boss, like my job. Local county notified me of two positions available I previously was interested in. Do I go? Complication: Child on the way. [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Oct 8, 2009 - 12 answers

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