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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Ok....i dont really like my current job. I work in mobile phone insurance doing admin, been there 2 years, its a privately run company and to be honest, we dont get treated all that well!

However, the pay isnt bad and its litterally a 10minute walk from my house and its right on the beach.

But i am getting very bored of it and i dont enjoy going in anymore.

Right....so....Ive got a job interview next week for the Citizens Advice Bureau. Its doing admin, but it would be SO MUCH MORE interesting than my current job.

However, the job involves travelling which involves money - and the pay is £500 a year less than im on now and i have no expenses at the moment.

But this job would be working for a nationwide organisation as opposed to a privately run small company.

IF i get it - should i take it?
post #2 of 15
If making 500 less per year will not cut into your current standard of living, and it's a job you actually enjoy as well as (hopefully) getting treated better, I say go for it.
post #3 of 15
IF the situation is exactly as you've described, yes you should.

I wonder why you're certain you'll like the new job better - do you have relible info to go on, or is it a case that the grass is greener? Is it a case that you are being treated so badly that it would be hard to imagine worse employers?

IF it's a case of a or c (you have reliable info, or you're being treated so bad it borders on abuse) definately jump.

IF it's a case of b - the grass is greener - you need to find out more and weight up your options very carefully.
post #4 of 15
Ditto. If you can afford to live on less at a job you'd be happier at, I'd say go for it. I'm currently working at a job that makes me miserable, and if a better opportunity comes along, I'll be off like a shot!
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Satai View Post
IF the situation is exactly as you've described, yes you should.

I wonder why you're certain you'll like the new job better - do you have relible info to go on, or is it a case that the grass is greener? Is it a case that you are being treated so badly that it would be hard to imagine worse employers?

IF it's a case of a or c (you have reliable info, or you're being treated so bad it borders on abuse) definately jump.

IF it's a case of b - the grass is greener - you need to find out more and weight up your options very carefully.
Ive been in my job 2 years now, i feel ive got everything out of it i possibly can and we do get treated badly.

Theres alot going on in the job that the bosses dont know about that just drives me mad. Some of the people i work with are just unbelievable and think nothing of stealing from the company but when questioned deny it.

The whole place is full of women and its INCREDIBLY bitchy, you cant have a day off without coming back to some people ignoring you for no reason.

I just hate it and feel any job must be better
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
and i guess, after tax - £500 a year is nothing really, its what £41 a month before tax? I suppose i wouldnt miss it too much
post #7 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rachey View Post
Ok....i dont really like my current job. I work in mobile phone insurance doing admin, been there 2 years, its a privately run company and to be honest, we dont get treated all that well!

However, the pay isnt bad and its litterally a 10minute walk from my house and its right on the beach.

But i am getting very bored of it and i dont enjoy going in anymore.

Right....so....Ive got a job interview next week for the Citizens Advice Bureau. Its doing admin, but it would be SO MUCH MORE interesting than my current job.

However, the job involves travelling which involves money - and the pay is £500 a year less than im on now and i have no expenses at the moment.

But this job would be working for a nationwide organisation as opposed to a privately run small company.

IF i get it - should i take it?
When I interviewed for my current job I advised that I would love to take it however I would also be taking a paycut to do so and asked if they could possibly see their way clear to provide me with a year end bonus for the difference to at least bring me back to my current level of income. AND they did.

Maybe in your case you can negotiate a guaranteed year end bonus of £500 that way you would be close to breaking even financially since you would then have to pay for your commute to/from work - something to think about!
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks helen.

Alot of people have said i should try to negotiate. The only thing is, where i live there is a high level of unemployment, so if i didnt take the job, someone else would.

I guess if they really wanted me tho, they would do it
post #9 of 15
I would have thought that they will ask you for your current remuneration and pay expectations, so that will open for discussion!

Good Luck for the interview, by the way!
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thank you!

Ooh i hadnt thought about them asking about my current pay. Hmm ok this could go better than i thought
post #11 of 15
Typically unemployment or not, you should be getting a 10% increase where ever you go. An organization that really does want you, small or large, will pay the price to get you in.

UNLESS its studying part of the career path you're on or is unlike anything you have ever done before, do not take a pay cut. It tells an employer that you're not only willing to make sacrifices in pay, but maybe in other areas as well.

It's always best to negotiate. I would tell them you're making $##,### per year now and would like to be making $##,###+.

Don't sell yourself short just because of the economy in the area
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
ok i could try that, ive never had to do this before because i have always gone to better paid jobs, this is a first!
post #13 of 15
Most employers I have interviewed with were happy to meet my salary expectations for the job, and some post a certain amount but will agree to pay you more without you asking if they feel you are right for the job.
post #14 of 15
If you are going to be happier I'd do it. My first job was working for one of the worst companies in the world, and I hated every moment. I now make less, but work for a far better company. It was worth the pay cut! Now I don't have nightmares about going into work, I don't feel sick to my stomach, and I actually like what I do. Imagine that!
post #15 of 15
Do they compensate you for the travelling? If they don't than every single mile you have to travel would take $1 out of your paycheck.
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