Love your job? WHAT IF... ?

United States
November 10, 2008 9:42pm CST
If you loved your job very much -- that is, enjoyed the job itself, the people you worked with, etc -- and it was very close to your home, but you didn't make quite as much money as you'd hoped, would you stick it out and wait to get a good raise, but find a part-time job in the meantime to make extra money, or would you quit to try to find a higher-paying job? I work less than 5 miles from where I work, so I spend very little on gas each week, I can get to work in less than 10 minutes each day,and spend less on maintenance for my car at the same time. I absolutely love my job and the people I work with. Sound like the perfect job? It's not because it doesn't pay enough! I know I have a couple promotions planned in the next few months, but I am not sure I will be making enough even after those promotions. Problem is that, while I have a great deal of experience in many fields, I have no degree. I am trying to stick it out for at least a few months to see if two raises improve anything, and I have gotten a PT job in the meantime, but what would YOU do in this situation?
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
11 Nov 08
I am like is a somewhat same situation... my current job is the best that i had in years... and i have been here more than a year now... it is walking distance away from my apartment... and i have flexible hours... which is the best thing of all... but my salary is not really that great... and i do not know if my boss will ever give me a raise... I tried applying to other companies... but they wouldn't give me the flexible hours or the salary that i wanted... so i decided to just stick to my job... and do some part time work... like right now... i have my mystery shopping job... and the earnings a get here in mylot really helps pay the bills...
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
11 Nov 08
You can always work part time as a mystery shopper... since you can do that when you have the time... check out their site... www.frontlinefocus.com... they really pay because i have been working with them for 6 months now... i hope this helps...
@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
11 Nov 08
I think even if you have a degree or you get promoted the pay these days won't be as good as it used to be companies would cut costs by cutting jobs, paying less or paying low so I doubt your pay will improve big even after promotion for me a job is a job, I don't have to like it it's the people I work with and work for that make the difference so if it were me I would keep this job because of the people plus it's close to home I would just get a part time job in the weekend to make up for the low pay I never worked in a place where the people are great to work with or work for so if I find something like that I will do anything to keep it just my 2 cents
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• United States
11 Nov 08
That's the same way I feel. I do love my job and it has many great benefits, but it's not paying enough... However, that's the ONLY thing wrong basically. I love the hours, the people, and the job, and it's close to home so it's not a long commute. I am scared if I go elsewhere, it would be horrible and I wouldn't like it as much! There are always other ways to pick up some extra money in the meantime!
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
11 Nov 08
I still think you are lucky to find a job where the people and hours are great plus close to home but money wise, I hope you can find side job that can help you with bills
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@oyenkai (4398)
• Philippines
6 Jan 09
I think I'd get a new job. I may love "this" job but it doesn't mean that I can't love another job. I mean, if it doesn't meet my needs then there would most certainly come a time when I won't be able to meet theirs because of personal insufficiencies. What I really like about my current job is that it takes care of its employees - I just hope they keep being this way :) Thanks for the response on my discussion!
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• United States
7 Jan 09
You have some very good points. Thanks! :-)
• Atlantic City, New Jersey
12 Nov 08
Well Bethany it sounds like me and you are in the exact same situation- all the experience- and no degree. I live very close to work and make decent money - just not enough. So I have resorted to all kinds of part-time gigs to get by. I I cater, I clean, I vend and whatever else may bring in a few extra bucks a week. So for me, moonlighting is definitley the answer. I have two part- time jobs at the moment not to mention my full time job and own my own business I am trying to get off the ground- so I keep busy and the extra income really helps out- just find that I have very little time for much else but work- which sucks a bit since I have two beautiful dogs at home that miss me when im away :(
• United States
13 Nov 08
Wow, sounds like you are very very busy. I hope someone is there to tend to the dogs some times when you are not home! Thanks for the kind words. I am definitely trying to find extra sources of income and have cut back on a lot of my spending.
• Philippines
11 Nov 08
finding a job is really difficult nowadays. and it is proportioned on gaining a higher amount of money. well, as a nurse, they said it is a passionate work. you serve people, alleviate their sufferings, reduce their pain, relieve their grief etc, etc, etc. as a nurse, I work like a dog running here and there. Yet, the only thing that frustrates and disappoints me is that my salary is not equivalent with my efforts. I love serving other people who are in need but I need to provide for my family (even if I am still single). I need to be pragmatic.
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• United States
13 Nov 08
My mother is a nurse also. I know it takes a special person, so I want to thank you for caring for others!
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
11 Nov 08
Job enjoyment and fulfillment is very important in the scheme of things. Of course, so is making a decent enough salary to comfortably pay your bills. The last employer I had was a pretty good employer, and it was relatively close to my home. I had two incomes though, since my ex also worked full time. We had very little debt, mainly just a mortgage. Anyway, if I loved the job and could live, albeit STRICTLY, on the salary, I would probably stay. I would have a heart to heart with the boss at the first promotion and explain how torn I was about thinking I might need to move on and get another job. I would say how much I loved it there but you can't live on nothing. If I HAD to, I would get a part time job for a bit, just to bridge the gap and help pay the bills. Bottom line, job enjoyment and fulfillment is HARD to find. When you find it, it's a blessing some people never experience. Not having to commute means you are in the smallest percentage of workers. Most people use a LOT of gas or have to go to a lot of trouble dealing with public transportation or carpooling. I don't have a degree either, yet I still had a fairly decent salary and benefits and an excellent 40 hour day schedule with some overtime. I am very proud and appreciative of any company which will accept a job applicant without expecting or requiring a degree.
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• United States
11 Nov 08
Very nicely put!! :-)
@rberon1985 (5394)
• Philippines
13 Nov 08
Good to hear that you love your job. With me, i find my job boring. I work as a customer service, what I Actually do is to answers all the queries of all my clients, and it happens everyday, that is why I find it boring to me.I just enjoyed staying because of my workmate. They are very kind and very fun to be with. That is also one of my reason why I am in the net, to look for another income.
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@KrauseHome (35524)
• United States
13 Nov 08
Well, in today's Economy, this can be a rough decision for sure. When you have a job you enjoy, but it makes it hard to make ends meet, you really wonder if that is the Best job for you. I am at a Low paying job myself and if I was not Married I would never be able to make it alone. I would Love to get a better job just not sure with all of the layoffs if it would be smart as well. All I can tell you, I would continue to do what you are doing until after your Raises, etc. and then consider what is best for you. Just remember to make sure you always do what is best for you and if you are a Praying person pray about it as well, and you will know when the time comes what you need to do for sure as well.
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• United States
12 Nov 08
Will the part time job cover your experiences? If so, stay where you are. If not, then you have to look for a better job.It may be a little difficult because of the economy but keep looking. Good Luck.
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@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
12 Nov 08
I don't know. If a higher paying job was farther away, I might not be better off. I guess I would wait and see how much the two promotions/raises help. I might take an evening class or something just to make myself more valuable. I think there is a lot to be said for liking your job, though.
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@Ciara1 (3)
• United States
11 Nov 08
In this unstable economy with massive job layoffs, I would stick it out and get a P/T job to make ends meet. At least you like your job and it is close to home. In the past I have had jobs where I had to commute up to 50 miles one way (which can take 1 1/2 hrs in heavy traffic) and work with people I really didn't like. There's always that one obnoxious coworker who can make life miserable. The pay wasn't that great either. I used to be tired even before I got to work. I think you are lucky.
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@adeeb747 (100)
11 Nov 08
do my best to enjoy my job i drive 30 mint go and back i hate the rood but love my job
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@nangel78 (1458)
• United States
11 Nov 08
I would love to work closer to home, but my husband and I carpool to get to work so that helps. I would see how things go with the part time job and stick it out at your job in the mean time with the way the economy has gone. I know I will apply for a job here and there to keep my resume active and to stay in the know about the job market. Best of luck to you on the promotions!
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@ailema4ever (2675)
• Finland
11 Nov 08
If I were you, I'd try to find a part-time job or a home-based job to have some extra income. It's SO hard to find a job where you get along well with the colleagues and boss and you also enjoy the job itself. Plus it's so near the house. GOOD LUCK in making a decisionnnnnnn!!!! I hope you get the promotions and the raise! ;-D
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@jayyerex (224)
• Canada
11 Nov 08
I feel very much the way you do Bethany. Aspects of my past jobs have been great but they never have paid enough. I worked really, really hard and basically got nothing for it but a aching back. I finally came to the conclusion that the only thing to do was to start my own business. The only people I know that have the money and time to do what they want are successfull business owners. I also have no post high school education but I felt that it would be foolish of me to give up on my business dreams because of it. Since I made that decision I have to tell you that I am extremely happy that I did. I have four kids and no education. I need to a) be able to support my family, b) be here for them when they need me and, c) know that I can plan for my future. Is it a scary path, yes! Is it worth the effort? absolutely. You'll never make enough money working for someone else, and if you do you will be working so much that you will never have the time to enjoy what you have made. Put the time in now and it will pay off in the future. I hope this helps.
@Koran82 (20)
• India
11 Nov 08
When ever we are loving to do something that means we are really enjoying that. Whenever we are enjoying something then only we can be successful in that.. If we are successful then we can achieve more...
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@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
11 Nov 08
Unless the pay difference means the difference between making it or not, I'd stay. You are lucky to have a job you love and that is close- which means you are saving money on commuting expenses compared to having to travel farther. Plus, the time you would spend in the car. What are the chances you will find another job that you like so much? I'd guess they are pretty slim. I would stay and maybe talk to your boss about the situation. Tell him or her that you really love your job, but the pay just doesn't cut it. Say that you really don't want to leave, but you are afraid that you will be forced to if you can't make ends meet. If they value your service and are financially able, they may be willing to pay you more to make you stay. In the mean time, look at your budget and cut out anything you can- premium movie channels, digital cable, get a cheaper cell plan if you don't use all of your minutes, shop sales and at bargain outlets to save money shopping, bring your lunch to work with you instead of buying. Take a close look and cut back wherever possible in order to stretch your money. Well, anyway, that's what I would do. Finding a job you love and coworkers you love that is close to home is a rare thing. I wouldn't leave unless I found I just couldn't survive any longer.
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@subha12 (18453)
• India
11 Nov 08
i like the job. but I have to commute very long each day. its two hours each day.plus I am not gettimg paid well. so may be as the market revives i will try out new job.
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• United States
11 Nov 08
I have had jobs like this and stayed with them. The only reason I ever quit them was because at the time my husband had a job making tons of money and he got transfered across country. I still miss the jobs,
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@23uday (2998)
• India
11 Nov 08
Hi frnds, I love my job now i am as a full time job which is just 1kms away from my house. Daily i will go to my job by walk.Its not a so long distance.My job is good, I am very comfortable with my job and work is easy but iam getting a less salary to me what to do.I not able to help in my home,trying for a good job if i get a great job and salary i will be happy i can help in my home. Iam earning in mylot very less its comfortable to me to increase more earnings in mulot.
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