Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A little bit of good news

I heard back from that company - the one I sent a resume to last January.

The contact asked for my salary requirements. I hesitated a little bit and tried to do some research in terms of industry standards but it was really difficult to come up with a number. The salaries that I see on websites and forums vary a lot and covers a really wide range and without knowing exactly what the job description and responsibilities are, it was quite a task!

I did the best thing that I could think of. I figured it was only fair that I get at least the same compensation that I got from my previous job because after all, my salary back there was within industry standards (though a bit on the low end, I think). Then I figured that it was only fair that I try for a little bit more , after all, who doesn't like bonuses or salary increases ?

So I gave a number.

Guy comes back and says that he thinks it is not going to be doable but that it doesn't hurt to ask so he'll forward my request.

Now, I'm torn. Part of me is anxious that I might have asked for too much, I hope this doesn't sour them on me. On the other hand, I'm thinking that if I had asked for a lower salary and guy came back immediately and accepted it, I'd feel so bad that I devalued myself and gave myself away at such a bargain. Bahala na. For now, I'm treating this as good news as this means that there is still interest.

In any case, I'm praying that the position will be available for me at the right time and that I will be able to find a good day care or caretaker for Swe Cha by then and that I will have fair compensation and that I wouldn't be forced into anything by our circumstances.

Do I also dare hope and pray that I will be offered a position in the salary range that I requested ? Or is that too much to ask ? I'll leave this in God's hands na.


Mai said...

I haven't dropped by in a while! I did not know that you lost your job. I hope you get one soon, but on the other hand, it's nice to be able to spend some quality time with your baby. :-)

Crinklynose said...

Hi sis! I know, ultimately, He decides what's best for us. So hang in there. In the meantime, enjoy your time with the kiddo. Lucky those families who can make it on a single-salary scenario these days noh?

popcorn said...

@Mai - thanks :D I hope that I get one "at the right time" too. I'd hate it if I had to leave my little one right away. And yes, it's nice to be able to spend time with my baby. As I always say nowadays, "it sucks that I lost my job, but if I had to be laid off anyway, I couldn't have chosen a better time than now". Things could've been worse, at least now we have our greencards, hubby has his job, and we have a baby! yay!

@Berns - I keep praising God and thanking him that even though I was laid off, hubby has a job and we're able to get medical coverage through his job (used to be under my company's group plan). Scary nga lang to be a single income household, nothing na to fall back on in case something happens to that one remaining income.