When you’ve been wanting for a job for the longest time, there’s a tendency to just get any job that comes your way. To date, I’ve got a thousand applications and 95% of it didn’t work out. After a year and a half of being unemployed, it all feels natural to me.
After my contracts ended, I was able to get jobs where some of the clients pulled out. It was a short time though, so I can’t consider it a J-O-B, which left me in a position to be a nomad who can take on any vacation. Yes, for the nth time of my life but that’s not the case. I have to be wise due to my limited funds.
And another fateful day came. I got a job in line with my field. I love the job to bits even if it’s tedious working as a quality assurance specialist. The job description for this kind of job differs from company to company, but the bottom line is it is a job that makes me feel needed. I’ve had several jobs that made me feel sooo taken for granted, even if those were the jobs that I really like.
Here comes the salary part. Since I am now working in my home country, the salary dip is way beyond drastic. It pales in comparison to my salary abroad. While many would think I am sourgraping, I still consider this job as a blessing in disguise. I told myself that I have to see the good in bad things. Simply because there’s always a silver lining to every dark cloud.
The great thing is I am working in a nice startup company. I’ve been hearing topics and jokes about salaries. But it is normal to be handed a low paycheck, especially if the company is just starting to have a solid foundation and finding its niche in the market.
The employer asked me several times if I am amenable to work extended hours given the very low wage. I took the offer without any hesitation out of despair. Who am I to reject something that would sustain me and my family for the days to come? If this happens to you and you’re frustrated, that’s natural. Just learn to swallow your pride. I assure you that it’s better to have some small funds than to have nothing at all. Swallowing one’s pride becomes easy once you get the hang of it. Always remember this: It’s easier to swallow our pride than to be penniless. 😀
I am now working for a week and though some people may find the job toxic, I feel relief. I am learning a lot and I love that I am using tools that I haven’t used before. Finally, my hands have landed on the soft keys of the keyboard. It feels like the first time and I felt gratitude in my veins. Oh, just like magic and a dream come true.
This is not the first time that I had a lowered wage that is way below average. Though this is the lowest offer that I have got in my entire life for a hard to do job, my performance would definitely not falter. I would just show them that I am worth more than what they have offered. Of course, it is normal for companies to give low wages. Business is business. For now, I have to enjoy myself as an employee and as a happy camper!
How would I know if the salary cut is worth it? Because both parties are happy. Though they earn more, I learn more. I am more than just any job offer in this world and the difference is I fucking know it. 🙂