I’ve been temping at Company X, a large company in Chicago, since the beginning of last August. I started temping here because I’d heard it was a good way to get hired on full time, and I liked the company. While I was here, my boss fought to get me hired, but she was turned down. I decided to change careers and go back to grad school.
My husband, our two kids and I need to buy a family home and in order to make that happen we are going to need more cash. Right now, it’s about earning more money. I want to stay in my current job with its attendant flexibility, and ideally I want to be paid more. I just am really dreading talking to my boss about a raise.
I recently stayed with two friends while visiting their city, and to thank them I told them that I wanted to take them out for dinner.
“No, no!” they said. “We’re just happy to host you while you’re visiting!”
I planned to pay for dinner anyway, and when we went out to dinner on our last night and the check arrived, I pulled out my card and insisted on paying—but my friends ended up handing their card to our waitress and told her to just split the bill.
This may seem like a silly question, but is there a nice way of insisting on picking up the check? — B.
Medical billing gone wrong.
It’s a rare opportunity, but here’s the thing: It pays very little, with no room for negotiation and little room for advancement in the company (it’s a startup). I’m afraid that after months of applying, this is the best I can get and I shouldn’t turn it down since jobs are so hard to come by, especially in New York media.
How do you split the cost of group trips?
Recently he suggested I take a ‘rent holiday’ for a few months because I’ve got some other big bills to pay, which is a relief! However, it’s also his birthday in a month and I had been thinking about getting him a Kindle — which now won’t be that difficult to afford given the ‘no rent’ thing. What is the etiquette on how much to spend on a present for someone when they’ve just done you a financial favor?
My boyfriend and I don’t make much money, but we’ve managed to build a healthy cushion, don’t have credit card debt and have reasonable plans for our student debt. So this really is just “fun money” that we can use for a wedding in the next year or two.
How important is the two weeks notice?
I was headhunted and offered a position with better pay, a better bonus, and more interesting responsibilities than at my current one. The thing that’s stopping me is my insurance.
I’m thinking of giving my poor coworker who is here as a contractor some money. Is that weird?
The PWWBMS wrote back confirming the receipt of the project and said they would be in touch in the next couple of weeks. Spoiler: They didn’t! It has now been over four months and now I am kicking myself for not following up earlier on – maybe a month after PWWBMS’s email.