How much are YOU worth?

April 17, 2007 at 1:03 am (Craps, GY 白 TULAN)

I found out my “market rate” today, and to be very honest, it isn’t very flattering.

I won’t reveal the whole figure, but I’ll put it in the mid RM2,000 range. Key word being mid.

And to think I used to earn 3 grand just a month ago. Sigh. I guess people depreciate faster than cars. Or mobile phones. Actually, I think it’s just me who depreciates. Everyone else I know gets pay hikes and bonuses. But no, none of the sort for me. Just pay cuts and redundancies.

Not too much of a confidence booster I’ll admit.

Oh well. Can’t complain too much though. I’ll give it to them; my background is in tech, not lifestyle. I talk to notebook computers, PDA’s, MP3 players and USB flash drives more than I talk to my actual clients. I’m not a fahionista (as much as I would like myself to be) and I don’t have a bundle of valuable contacts.

I guess the main point is that this time, I applied for the job. I didn’t get hunted to fill the position. And in all honesty, that sucks.

It means you are asking for a chance to join a company. That transalates into you depending on their favor. This mean your salary will dictated by them. Which also means they will press for the lowest possible salary.  Which in general, isn’t very nice.

In conclusion, I’m not saying that this company is being cheap. I’m in no way implying that I won’t take the job either. I’m just saying that it’s a tad dissapointing to find out that you aren’t worth a much you thought you were.

By the way, thanks to all my buddies who either:

a) rooted for me all the way
b) offered words of encouragement and support
c) helped me behind the scenes (thanks Charles and Vicky)

I have another interview with IGB The Gardens next week which will also revolve around dollars and cents, and I sure hope that works out a little more positively. Who knows? The Mr. Media you know could be then next Mr. Marketing.

Who knows….

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