So I have an awesome job. It’s fun, it’s low key, I pretty much do what I want, and work with awesome people. However, the pay sucks. I’ve been there over a year and had one raise. I’ve talked to people who have been there multiple years and also only had one raise. The place is privately owned so I guess they can afford to do that.
The solution seems simple, get a higher paying job. I live somewhere where the economy still seems to be doing great job wise, and see positions similar to mine hiring all the time for way better pay. The problem is I have a criminal record. Possession of marijuana, and shoplifting. These are both from about 2 years ago so I can’t exactly play them off as childhood folly. Any job that pays a few bucks over minimum wage usually does background checks… and I’m unsure how to approach this.
Should I put my best interviewing foot forward and hope that my smashing charm makes up for my record? Should I play the humility card and say I used to be a trouble maker and have since changed my ways? My manager right now is awesome and I know he’d give me a good recommendation, plus I’ve had the job I currently have for about 15 months now which looks good to prospective employers.
What would you guys do?
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You don’t have to always want a better job. There must be a best in this regard. If not, then the answer must be no job! It is achievable..but finding a way to get paid to do what you love sounds ideal to me.
It is a very slippery slope when you start leaving jobs in search of more pay, but of course, the entire purpose behind the wage game is to make money to pay the bills. If the bills ain’t getting paid, then the job is not doing what its supposed to do.
Really sucks, and I can completely relate to your situation. I am very fortunate to have a job currently that I enjoy every aspect of AND have enough $$$ coming in to survive. But, any further expenses come and I will have to look elsewhere.