I thought I would make this up as a reward – I just got my first interview scheduled! Woo! (It’d been about 2 weeks since I started applying, and I was starting to wonder if I wasn’t going to be shortlisted anywhere – maybe I had a typo or something? IDK. So, phew!) It’s a company that does 3D printing so I’m really excited about that, but when the recruiter asked me about my salary expectation I gave her a number that was too low.

I hate being on the spot like that.

So now, if the interview goes well, I’ll have to try and negotiate. (stupidstupidstupid)

At least I’ll know what value to give the next interviewer if this doesn’t work out?

Anyway… this tea is supposed to make me feel better and focus on the good parts! This might all work out! And I might just magically arrange daycare in time for me to start a job etc.

It’s not working. Time to go unpack more boxes and fidget anxiously.
And listen to NIGHT VALE. (best podcast ever you guys, why aren’t you listening to it? http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/08/night-vale-podcast-itunes/)

keychange

Ugh. I hate it when you’re asked about salary expectation. I’ve always found that I have two conflicting answers in my head: “Please hire me and pay me whatever you want. I am desperate and need a job yesterday.” and “Well, I didn’t go to school for nothing, you know. And my mom thinks I’m worth it. In fact, I’m pretty decent stuff, come to think of it. Yeah, I do deserve a decent salary, don’t I?” and it’s like, what do you ever say to that question? Anyway, glad you got an interview!

OMGsrsly

Yay, interview! I would recommend writing down different expectations for different jobs and keeping the list nearby so you can refer to it. Another thing is you can say that you also expected 3 or 4 weeks vacation, or extra sick/child care days, or whatever extra benefits that would boost the salary in a more hidden way.

Cavocorax

Keychange – that’s it exactly!

And a lot of admin jobs I found that actually listed salaries were way down in the $10-12 range, so I didn’t want to say something that was double or whatever. But I probably went too low if I want to make a decent wage AND pay daycare. And I am worth it? IDK. I have a lot of experience doing office manager sorta things, shipping/receiving, customer support etc. I’m not just someone who can answer phones.

And OMGsrsly – thanks! That’s a good suggestion! I never think about that sort of thing. Part of the confusion was my last job paid me an extra 5% that I could use towards RRSP’s (but they paid it as cash so I could spend it too) and that inflated it quite a bit! And I forgot to calculate that in.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

oh man! A friend is trying to get me hooked on Night Vale. You just reminded me that I should download them.

Cavocorax

Yes! Do it! It really gets great! :)

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keychange

Ugh. I hate it when you’re asked about salary expectation. I’ve always found that I have two conflicting answers in my head: “Please hire me and pay me whatever you want. I am desperate and need a job yesterday.” and “Well, I didn’t go to school for nothing, you know. And my mom thinks I’m worth it. In fact, I’m pretty decent stuff, come to think of it. Yeah, I do deserve a decent salary, don’t I?” and it’s like, what do you ever say to that question? Anyway, glad you got an interview!

OMGsrsly

Yay, interview! I would recommend writing down different expectations for different jobs and keeping the list nearby so you can refer to it. Another thing is you can say that you also expected 3 or 4 weeks vacation, or extra sick/child care days, or whatever extra benefits that would boost the salary in a more hidden way.

Cavocorax

Keychange – that’s it exactly!

And a lot of admin jobs I found that actually listed salaries were way down in the $10-12 range, so I didn’t want to say something that was double or whatever. But I probably went too low if I want to make a decent wage AND pay daycare. And I am worth it? IDK. I have a lot of experience doing office manager sorta things, shipping/receiving, customer support etc. I’m not just someone who can answer phones.

And OMGsrsly – thanks! That’s a good suggestion! I never think about that sort of thing. Part of the confusion was my last job paid me an extra 5% that I could use towards RRSP’s (but they paid it as cash so I could spend it too) and that inflated it quite a bit! And I forgot to calculate that in.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

oh man! A friend is trying to get me hooked on Night Vale. You just reminded me that I should download them.

Cavocorax

Yes! Do it! It really gets great! :)

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Tea: I just started drinking loose tea in the fall of 2012, and once I started I had to get more and more and try ALL THE TEAS. Joining Steepster made this worse/easier.

So far it seems that I prefer unflavoured black teas, although I still drink a few that are flavoured each day too. Oolongs, greens, puerhs and white teas are all very good, but I just don’t crave them as often.

Yet.

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