Would you accept a lower salary job?

@peachpurple (12770)
Malaysia
December 18, 2017 1:09pm CST
I had been applying jobs offline for the past month. No luck yet. However, my teen said that I might get an offer for a lower salary job since I had been a housewife for the past 10 years. I need your opinion on this matter. If you applied for a job for a salary of $1800 per month but was offered $1500 per month instead, would you accept it? Why? Thanks.
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17 responses
@DianneN (85223)
• United States
18 Dec
I'd expect my salary to jump by leaps and bounds after 10 years. If you only receive one offer, then take it.
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@peachpurple (12770)
• Malaysia
19 Dec
OK thanks, can't be choosy now. Hard to find jobs especially at my age
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@DianneN (85223)
• United States
19 Dec
@peachpurple Good luck entering the workforce again!
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@peachpurple (12770)
• Malaysia
20 Dec
@DianneN keep finger cross
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@Corbin5 (116393)
• United States
18 Dec
I would accept a job that was of lower pay. Sometimes a job at lower pay opens up opportunities for job with higher pay.
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@peachpurple (12770)
• Malaysia
19 Dec
maybe you are right, I should start from bottom and wait for opportunities
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@Ithink (10500)
• United States
19 Dec
Your daughter might be right. If it was me and I was offered a lower paying job I would take it. Then again that seems like a pretty good paying job even at that rate to me.
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@peachpurple (12770)
• Malaysia
19 Dec
Really? a good pay? Right now, the hourly pay rate is $8 per hour, 9 hours per day, 5 days a week.
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@Ithink (10500)
• United States
20 Dec
@peachpurple Yes considering my husband is making a little over that and has been at his job for 5 years. My daughter is getting about that and been at her job for like 9 years. The only difference is it is 8 hours a day here.
18 Dec
It's depend oh the situation.
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@peachpurple (12770)
• Malaysia
19 Dec
in what situation may I ask?
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24 Dec
@peachpurple Serious financial problems.
@sjvg1976 (18407)
• Delhi, India
19 Dec
I would accept the low salary job if don't have a job in hand and then will again search a job as per my desire.
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@peachpurple (12770)
• Malaysia
19 Dec
thanks very much, I agree with you
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@lady1993 (20085)
• Philippines
19 Dec
that is quite a huge amount, when i converted it to our currency but if i were in your situation, maybe i would accept it since there has been some time away. You can just try the job, as long as their is no lock in period
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@peachpurple (12770)
• Malaysia
19 Dec
the contract is one year period. Yeah, I should accept the job
@prashu228 (25504)
• India
19 Dec
it's better to accept .. my point is , you are not getting opportunities as you are not working for ten years . so you should start from somewhere , no matter its less salary but you should grab the opportunity you get first. Then you can look for a change ..
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@peachpurple (12770)
• Malaysia
19 Dec
thanks for your advice, if I have interview, I will grab it regardless of the salary paid since I had not been working for 10 years
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• United States
19 Dec
depends on what the job is. some jobs i won't take under a certain amount because any lower and the employer is taking advantage of you.
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@peachpurple (12770)
• Malaysia
19 Dec
you got a point there, hmm....
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@Icydoll (24717)
• India
18 Dec
Having something is better than nothing.i might go for low salary .
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@peachpurple (12770)
• Malaysia
19 Dec
thanks for your advice, that is true, better than earning online, I doubt I could earn $1500 per month with online jobs.
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@LadyDuck (176966)
• Switzerland
19 Dec
Yes, I would accept and get a salary while I continue to search for a better position.
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@peachpurple (12770)
• Malaysia
19 Dec
thanks, so you think I should accept it and wait for better chance maybe a year later?
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@LadyDuck (176966)
• Switzerland
19 Dec
@peachpurple Yes, this is what I think, at least in the meantime you get a salary, even if lower.
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@peachpurple (12770)
• Malaysia
20 Dec
@LadyDuck you are right
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@hereandthere (32791)
• Philippines
19 Dec
people shared a lot of great feedback here. i guess what i would add is compute your expenses - food, transportation, clothes, and what the company will deduct each payday so you don't end up spending more.
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@peachpurple (12770)
• Malaysia
19 Dec
I did the calculation, room rental fee is $350, food expenses is $5x 2 per day, transport fee should be $50, still have balance money to save
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• Philippines
19 Dec
@peachpurple what is the room rental fee for? will you be working away from your family?
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@peachpurple (12770)
• Malaysia
20 Dec
@hereandthere yes, my teen is staying out station, working there, I will join with her, takes 4 hours to reach the office
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@holdoors (1664)
• Malaysia
19 Dec
It depends on your qualifications and experience. Sometimes, you may be overqualified for the job but if you are really in need of work, I would say go for it first and just get the experience instead of waiting any longer. It would be better if you have multiple offers to chose from. Do check on the job description and further advancement prospects before committing.
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@peachpurple (12770)
• Malaysia
19 Dec
thanks for your advice, the job description is just admin work and answering phone calls. Advance prospect, none. what do you think?
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@holdoors (1664)
• Malaysia
19 Dec
@peachpurple I think it would then have to be dependent on your experience in the job application. Since it is already so difficult, I would suggest securing a job first. You can always move to another job later. The main thing is to enter the labour force and get back to speed in working world. In the meantime, you should be on the hunt for better options. I have known quite a number of unemployed people who are too picky and unreluctant to budge on the salary during negotiations. Secure a job, do your best and see whether other opportunities come by, Meeting new people will open your opportunities.
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@peachpurple (12770)
• Malaysia
20 Dec
@holdoors you are right, thanks, you are more experience
@yanzalong (10174)
• Indonesia
20 Dec
If there is any other offer, while I am really in need of cash, I would take it.
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@peachpurple (12770)
• Malaysia
20 Dec
Thanks for your advice
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@yanzalong (10174)
• Indonesia
20 Dec
@peachpurple Welcome.
@mayka123 (10824)
• India
30 Dec
After being at home for sometime it is better to accept what offer you get and then with some experience search for better paying jobs. Your teen is right is saying that you may not get high salary immediately after being home for ten years.
@jstory07 (70038)
• Roseburg, Oregon
30 Dec
To get back into working you might have to take the first job you are offered.
• Philippines
21 Dec
its okay i will accept it
@stapllotik (1218)
• India
20 Dec
You better know your needs and circumstances