Career Calling

November 3, 2012

Taking a Low Wage Job

Filed under: Uncategorized — claycerny @ 9:27 pm

Last week one of my clients showed me a job posting that he found interesting.  It was for a managerial position with a broad range of responsibilities.  My client is a hands-on type of person and wants a job where he wont’ be stuck behind a desk.  There is only problem:  pay.  The job posting lists starting salary as $11-$13 per hour.

To get a rough calculation of salary for an hourly position, follow this formula:  wage multiplied by 2,000 (40 hour per week by 50 weeks per year).  According to that model, the job my client is interested in only pays a maximum starting wage of $26,000.  That’s ridiculous and shameful for a managerial position.  However, it’s also what the way a smart, cheap company will hire employees.  State the wage and find someone who’s desperate enough to take it.

If you’re willing to take a job at a low wage, there will always be an employer who will happily pay that price.  Know your worth and find an employer who will compensate you for the contribution you are making to the company.

It’s not easy to find a job in the current economy.  Even so, taking a bad job can often be a big step back.  It’s hard to look for work when you’re working full time.  It will also be hard to interview well if you’re working for a company that doesn’t respect you.  Look for a way to generate income (part-time, contract work) while you find the job that pays.  You owe yourself more than a bad job.


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