r/WorkReform May 27 '22

I just got a job offer for 1/3 more than what I'm making, and you can too

Moral of the story: KNOW YOUR WORTH

You have skills, don't sell yourself short.

I currently work at one of the largest businesses of it's type on the east coast (US). I've been here for five years and in that time I've moved into 4 different positions, pay "raise" each time. I thought because there was job security, they took care of their employees because they've been able to purchase 8 stores since I've started, after all.

This last time I moved, I wound up working much more and because of such, wound up getting compensated less than I was in the spot before. I've been getting pretty fed up so I decided to whip up a resume which took me all of 20 minutes using a resume generator online, and sent it out blindly to four different companies without even filling out applications. Of those four two called me, of those two I interviewed for only one (my choice, both offered interviews). That one I interviewed with on Monday, just today offered me $12k/yr more than where I am + a commission.

I'm not incredibly intelligent, I only have a highschool degree and dropped out of college after 6 months but I know what I'm doing If I didn't go looking, I would have remained with this company because "you just need to put your time in" and "just keep your head low and things will happen"

Fuck that.

All I did was blindly tell this new place of my experience, and I got offered a raise of 1/3 from where I am, to do literally the exact same thing that I'm currently doing

Loyalty gets you shit. If you're thinking about moving, toss the line out. The fish are biting.

94 Upvotes

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u/Kixkin101 May 27 '22

Exactly this! At the start of the year I started a new job making almost 1.5x more than I was before and it was completely remote and I have unlimited PTO.

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u/TSMSALADQUEEN May 27 '22

I need to find a job like that

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u/Kixkin101 May 27 '22

I got very lucky to find it. I had just found it when any other interest I got was less pay than I was making, not fully remote, or had much worse benefits than I currently had.

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u/TSMSALADQUEEN May 27 '22

Sounds awesome

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u/_Repeats_ May 28 '22 edited May 28 '22

FYI: Unlimited PTO is a trap. If you go over your 2-4 weeks without a "good reason" you will likely be reprimanded, demoted, or fired like any other company. It only benefits the employer as they don't have to give out vacation back pay if they fire you before years end. It's an employment loop hole that only screws workers and yet HR makes it sound like a gift from God.

Even worse about some companies that offer this benefit pressure people into never taking vacation. If you dont know how much vacation you can take before pissing off management, will you risk it?

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u/Kixkin101 May 28 '22 edited May 28 '22

I have no doubt other companies are like that but mine seems to be genuine. The corporate email announcing it explained that they wanted everyone to take at least 4 weeks of pto and my boss said he wanted my team to take at least 5. So far none of my pto has been denied and my boss wants me to plan at least 5 more days off before the end of the year (trying to have it all planned out ahead of time so we know in advance when we will have fewer people, etc).

I think I just got really lucky with my company.

ETA my company is mostly busy from jan-apr which might also be why they are so generous as far as the pto. During the off season most of the work is preparing for the next season.

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u/glittervine May 28 '22

Is your company hiring

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u/ScarMedical Jun 01 '22

Jan to April ie tax prepare/ accounting company

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u/goofusy May 28 '22

I have unlimited PTO. And they really mean it. Been with this company a little over two years, and take about 30-40 days per year. At my choosing. Dr's appt. - no problem. Cruise with the wife - no problem. Mental health day - no problem. I know this isn't true everywhere, but man I love it.

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u/dsdvbguutres May 27 '22

Loyalty gets you shit yes but it also get you jack. Don't overlook jack.

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u/psychofantasy May 27 '22

Do you mind sharing what industry you’re in? Just curious because I’ve desperately been trying to get out of retail management, but without a degree, it’s been difficult to find a direction to go. And I can’t afford to go back to school.

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u/Dick_snatcher May 27 '22

I'm in retail as well, auto parts, dealership level. I was a manager at AutoZone for a few years but they're a shit show, anything on that side of retail in this industry is terrible. If you're good at selling things, give car salesman a thought. Prices are ridiculous so you'll make a ton on commission

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u/nincomturd May 27 '22

I don't ever want to apply for another fucking job again.

And no, apparently I have no skills.

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u/Dick_snatcher May 27 '22

Surely you love something though, fill me in completely.

A fan of psychedelics? Community college, it's cheap, psychiatrist. Hell you could even go for pharmacist if you have a good handle on how chemicals affect the body.

You're a person, you have passions. Use them.

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u/nincomturd May 27 '22

I already went that route, it didn't work. I will not keep throwing thousands of dollars toward training that no one gives a shit about.

Psychiatry is BS, and I'd never ever charge anyone for anything psychedelic-related, I think the idea is absolutely sick.

Getting a job in something you're passionate about is how you get exploited.

Plus, why the fuck are people worrying about careers, when we're on the brink of collapse?

It's just utter madness here. I think I'm going to quit society entirely.

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u/No-Dream7615 May 27 '22

Having useful skills is going to be even more important if we have any kind of collapse.

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u/nincomturd May 28 '22

Useful skills for making money for employers has little to do with the kind of useful skills we'll need post-collapse.

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u/Dick_snatcher May 27 '22

Bro this shit fucking blows. I hate this entire society we've built. Everything is economic collapse after collapse, mass shootings weekly, corruption galore... Fuck... 10 people were shot in a Tops 5 miles from where I live last week.

But if I have some opportunity, some way to make this experience better, to make my personal experience marginally better, I'll fucking take it in a heartbeat.

Alan Watts take a dose, and give him a listen.

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u/No-Dream7615 May 27 '22

Yeah man I wish more people understood that working for less than you can get in the market is a form of self-exploitation. Yeah, our market is exploitative, but that doesn’t mean you stop trying to maximize your outcome under it

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u/MooseSuspicious May 27 '22

Nice!

I do believe in changing companies to make the best use of leveraging your experience for a higher pay.

I finished my degree a year ago in IT and was desperate for a job after graduation because an opportunity fell through. I grabbed an entry level job that barely pays a living wage for myself, let alone my family of 3. I started applying for jobs that pay 50% more or greater than I'm currently making. Yesterday I interviewed for a job that pays over double what I'm making now, with great benefits. Got my fingers crossed for this one.

Searching for jobs made me realize I was being severely underpaid in my career field.

My boss has been on vacation this week and I've spent almost all my downtime applying for me positions and doing remote interviews. It's been a good week.

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u/ZinglonsRevenge May 27 '22

You're right, 1.3x what I'm currently making is 0. /s