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Job Hunting Update: Success! [Feb. 4th, 2014|05:16 pm]

I got the job and I start on Monday.

As Chikuru would say, it's 25% better than a regular job (because it's only 30 hours per week).

The salary range was given as $X+, and the offer was higher than $X, but because she gave me an annual amount (instead of the monthly or hourly amount for which I was prepared) I couldn't figure out how much higher quickly. I ended up letting her move me onto another topic before I could make the calculation. Women not negotiating well is one of the (many) reasons we tend to make less than men, so I'm annoyed with myself.

After the call, I calculated that the offer was 12.55% higher than it could have been. That seems reasonable and it's above a couple of other reasonable amounts I'd already calculated as possible negotiation points. So the damage was not too great. There's no denying that it's like getting four raises without even having to ask.

One final indignity: I have to go into campus before the starting date to sign the offer letter.

But who knew she could make me an offer this quickly? If I were a betting man, I never would have picked today as the day. So, good for them!

[User Picture]From: p_j_cleary
2014-02-04 11:19 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: livingdeb
2014-02-05 12:38 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: llcoolvad
2014-02-05 04:25 am (UTC)
Whoo-hoo! Congratulations! I am envious. I aspire to working part-time. Once I get my debt paid off and have a healthy 401k, I want to do the same. (That'll be a while, alas.) Does it come with benefits? Ideally I'd work 32 hours per week with full bennies. Fewer hours if I could afford it. But I want a four day work week.
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[User Picture]From: livingdeb
2014-02-05 04:18 pm (UTC)
I get to count the service towards my pension (though my salary will not be one of the top five used to calculate my pension amount).

I get a proportional amount of vacation, sick leave, and holiday leave. (So they assume I'm working 6 hours per day--so I get 6 hours off for every 8 hours a full-time person gets off.)

Health insurance is subsidized 50% (so my premium would be $248.77) but the premium is deducted pre-tax so, since I'm in the 15% tax bracket, I'd lose only $211.45 out of my monthly paycheck. (It is subsidized 100% for full-time workers. Wish this was proportional, but it's 50% for everyone who works at least half-time but less than full-time.)

There's also group dental, vision, and long- and short-term disability insurance.

There is no longevity pay (rats--wish that was proportional).

I think many people are able to talk their way into working fewer hours once they are highly valued and/or as they approach retirement. But I've heard that asking for part-time work can be risky at some employers because they then label you as a trouble-maker who doesn't care about the company; sometimes you get fired right away.
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[User Picture]From: indigo_rose99
2014-02-05 04:50 am (UTC)
Yay! Congratulations! Can you remind me which job this is? I got lost in the tax details.
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[User Picture]From: livingdeb
2014-02-05 04:19 pm (UTC)
The tax job did not work out.

I'm getting the Flag Petitions Coordinator job at UT. I'll get to see my old chickadees probably a couple of times a month and become an expert in a different (more interesting) part of the bureaucracy.
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From: (Anonymous)
2014-02-06 01:50 am (UTC)
Great news! Congrats.
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[User Picture]From: livingdeb
2014-02-06 04:41 am (UTC)
Thanks. I can't believe you are still job hunting, especially when you are clearly so much better at it than I am. Good luck!
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