First job interview this year...

@elitess (5071)
Ipswich, England
December 3, 2009 2:05pm CST
Well today i went to an interview regarding a Sales Advisor in an electronics store (that sells fridges, vacuum cleaners, hair dryers, plasma monitors and TV sets etc) and they offered me a lower salary per our than the one i had in 2007 as a cashier and they won't even give all the lunch tickets for the working days, instead of 20-23 they want to give 15. I was stupefied about this and i was thinking that i won't work in a demanding job for 1,10$ per hour with a college degree, i think it's to low for me
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@maezee (39326)
• United States
3 Dec 09
I don't have a college degree, and I'll pretty much take whatever I can get in terms of payments & salaries. I just got a job at Macy's (a second job, in addition to my first one!) and their pay was $7.75 USD per hour, which is .50 cents lower than my current job (and much harder work! for that matter.) I was disappointed, but I realize that jobs are scarce and beggars can't be choosers. It's disappointing, but maybe you could just take the job, just so you keep having pay checks, and continue looking for one that better meets your financial needs. Then again, having a job that doesn't pay well is much better than having no job at all, right?
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@elitess (5071)
• Ipswich, England
3 Dec 09
Hi there Mae Zee. The thing is that compared with my expectations and the other offers that i have available, this is one of the worst. The job is very soliciting and involves a lot of work as i was told by a person that does it and the salary is crappy. I can get hired at a Chinese shop, with over 1,5$ per hour and i only have to work 30 / 32 hours per week depending on the shift. I am still assessing my options as the minimum salary that i would work for is 284.12$ per month for a 40 hour program + lunch tickets. This is a small salary for this country but it's a bit bigger then what the electronics offered (218.42 + 15 instead of a minimum of 20 lunch tickets). So perhaps now you understand why i declined this. I already have an offer for the value per hour of the minimum that i would work for as i stated before at the Chinese shop, the only thing is they don't give lunch tickets... I will try a few more applications and then decide.
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
3 Dec 09
I'm sorry u didn't get a better offer. Jobs of any kind are hard to find around here. When i was young i went to beauty school as soon as i got out of high school. It was pretty easy to get a job back then but it took a long time to build up your customers. Hope u find something soon that u are happy with.
@stvasile (7316)
• Romania
3 Dec 09
I was lucky enough to be taken into a research team at the college I finished a couple of years ago, and where I'm doing my Ph.D. now. If that wouldn't have happened, I had no idea where I would have started searching for a job. I guess if you can't find anything better soon, you'll have to accept a poorly paid job, for a while at least - you can't afford to be very picky these days... unfortunately... There are way to many people that went to a lot of sacrifices to get a degree and earn very little...
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
3 Dec 09
It's the financial crisis. I'm so sorry to hear that you've been looking for a job for so long! I know that too many people have lost their jobs and been out of work too long. So many have lost their homes because of not being able to find a job. My youngest son has been looking for over a year now. He can't even get a job at McDonald's because of such a long waiting list! I would love to see people like you getting jobs with the government. We desperately need people who actually WORK to be working for our tax dollars. I don't want to go into a rant because I'm extra-pissed at our Social Security Administration at the moment so I'll end this. All I can tell you is that you're not alone. It seems that unemployment has sharply increased around the world in the past couple of years and I honestly don't see an end. I wish I could give you some good news. Just hang in there. I'd take the job you were offered because it IS a job, but continue to look for something that you are more qualified for. Good luck!
@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
1 May 13
I am sure it is the financial problem, I still haven't gotten a job, but then again I don't have a degree. (though I am working on it) I hope by now you found a good job that pays better..
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@elitess (5071)
• Ipswich, England
1 May 13
Hello Carmela, No I have not, but I have volunteered ever since. I am going to college in the UK in less then 5 months so there was no sense in getting a crappy, 10 times less paid job here, so instead I chose to do volunteer work here.
• United States
1 May 13
Well the volunteer work along with a degree should increase your chances, that is why I am getting a degree, found out that most employers prefer hiring someone with a degree..
• Indonesia
4 Dec 09
I think what you experienced was related to the financial crysys recently. indeed , the fact that they offer you very low wages and tend to arbitrarily stared. My advice , if indeed this was true when the job requires and this isonly thelast hope , accept the first offer patiently while looking for other opportunities , whether applyng for the other placeor to create their own job , either individually or with your friends. God be you dan goodluck
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• China
2 Nov 12
Hello pangeran. Now it is three years after the discussion, and it is still not that easy for one who graduates from college or university to find a well-paid job. Usually the companies need to have someone with working experience. If not, then the salary will not be high. I think that it does not matter for a not-so-well-paid salary in the first year for a college graduate. As time goes by, he or she will gain some experience and will surely get a chance for a pay rise. Take care.
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@elitess (5071)
• Ipswich, England
5 Nov 12
Hello William. Actually, (at least here) if not, they WON'T take you, they don't give a rat's behind on your college degree or on your master's degree or on your previous total 1 year in work experience (not their field) or the over 1 year of volunteer work. As long as you don't have experience in their field, they send you away -tested - multiple times.
@dragon54u (31644)
• United States
3 Dec 09
If jobs are as scarce in your country as they are in mine, maybe you'd better take that job! People are paying less these days and not treating their workers like they used to because of the economy. Still, that sounds like you are doing a lot of work and using your brain for very low pay. I hope you have other prospects!
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@elitess (5071)
• Ipswich, England
3 Dec 09
Hi there my dear friend. I have given a long answer on this topic to Mae Zee, and i mentioned why i won't be taking this job. The jobs are quite scarce here, but I am very sure i will find something decent enough to start with (actually to continue as this is not my first job).
@williamjisir (22900)
• China
6 Dec 09
Hello elitess. I can see that it is not that easy to find a high-paid job with the global recession though it is getting better now. Recently I have heard a piece of news about Chinese college graduates who skip from one job to another due to the low or unsatisfactory pay in the first few months. There are a lot of job opportunities for them. So once they don't feel pleased with the low salary, they look for another job. Every coin has two sides, and so does keeping on looking for jobs. But anyway I wish you to get a comparatively-high-paid job. Good luck to you, friend.
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
4 Dec 09
Oh that really is on the low end. I think most fresh graduates have a hard time finding a job at first. That would depend on how aggressive the student was in already scouting for possible occupations once he/she graduates so that he wouldnt have to worry about upon graduation. For those who take one step at a time, I have heard that it takes a fresh graduate at least 4 months before he could find job. Having an occupation has been a privilege that not all people can get. A lot of people didnt have a chance in getting a job whereas there are only a few slots available for a job that thousands are competing for. I think the financial crisis also has a bearing on the decreasing number of work slots that are available to those who are looking for it. Im sure you could find a job that is a match to your qualifications. It might just be harder to find. At the end of the day, it would still be up to you to accept a job offer. Goodluck!
@ckyera (17342)
• Philippines
4 Dec 09
hello elitess! i remember, when i was also a fresh grad and looking for a job, i struggle a lot and really put efforts in finding a job that i think i deserved...but i also think that in these days, i don't need to be so choosy in picking a job, since i am a fresh grad and looking for more experience... that time, i grab every opportunity that i get, apply in any job that i think fits with my qualifications... and the very first that i get is being a secretary to a lawyer but id don't last long there, i just work with him for a month or 2 due to some issues, the next that i have is as a cashier in a big department store here in my country and i also feel the way you feel, that i am being paid less than the actual work i am doing and i even feel that as a graduate student, i don't deserve it! huh! and i don't stop looking for another until i get the job that i like...something that i really feel i deserve and pays well... so i think, we must not stop looking for the job that we think will fit on us, but also we should not be choosy. coz i think through those other jobs we get, it can lead us to what we really want...just make it as a stepping stone... have a good day & good luck on your job hunting!
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@KrauseHome (36748)
• United States
4 Dec 09
Unfortunately the State of the economy no matter where you are is effecting everyone, and it is not a Fun thing for sure. More and more people continue to loose jobs to have to settle for less for the time being for sure. Most people find unless they cannot afford too due to other needs, will take those jobs just to keep themselves employed and then continue to look for something better as well. Maybe you should consider this but either way don't give up the fight. It will be worth it all in the end.
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@theonerm5 (365)
• United States
4 Dec 09
I'm young and I had a job this year but only for about 2 weeks. They just let me go and already had my "replacement" there working on my last day. They didn't even give me a reason for letting me go. I personally think it's because they knew I had no prior work experience. They probably found somebody else just a little while after they found me and that person probably had more work experience.
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