@gna207 Every now and then I think I'm done with Chicago (UofC alumna too) and look longingly at NYC. Then I read an article like this and whisper a thank-you for my gorgeous $1,000/mo 2BR in a calm, fun, convenient neighborhood. I was in your position a year ago, though I wasn't quite at the point of having to move back in with my parents. I definitely would have been if I had tried to move to NYC. Wooden fire escapes are for growing tomatoes on! Move here, move here, but stay away from Lakeview/Wrigley if you've ever lived in a city before. Logan Square is great, but I love Lincoln Square/Albany Park too. (A little older, a little more expensive, but cleaner.)
@wrenochka I applied as a production assistant in the library, which required a bachelor's degree and a few years of relevant experience. Salary came up during the interview when the personnel librarian said, "Level two paraprofessional positions pay $17 to $19 an hour. Almost everyone is paid at the lower end of that, and then your salary increases slightly every year." She went on to outline the benefits, and I didn't pursue that line. When I got the offer letter, it just said bluntly, "You will be compensated at $17.20 an hour."
@wrenochka Interesting, because I recently took my first entry-level job at a major university, and there was no salary discussion whatsoever. In a previous thread about salary negotiation, it seemed like people's experiences in university jobs were evenly split between being able to ask/negotiate (like your case) and having a very narrow, non-negotiable range (mine.) I'm curious whether that has anything to do with an employee's actual field. If I were applying for an admin job rather than a paraprofessional library position, for example, would it have been different?
@redheaded&crazy I think the same approach is necessary with their clothes, too. Head-to-toe Anthro or a whole closet of it is like stuffing the frumpiest handbag full of hundred dollar bills and throwing it in the lake. But every year, there is exactly one piece that is beautiful, well-made, and (relatively) affordable, and it will be the statement piece of all of your outfits for the next three years. Only one item! But the hope of finding it keeps me coming back.
@MuffyStJohn Yeah, I was told that for positions at my level, the pay was X to Y (with, like, a $2/hour difference, as this wasn't a salaried position), and that almost everyone would be at the bottom of the range. Do you bring it up when you get the offer? I don't remember if there was an opportunity for me to have brought that up, but I was too scared anyway.
I've only had one adult job, and there wasn't any sort of salary (or any other kind of) negotiation. In the interview, I was told, the salary is X, the benefits are Y. This was for a position at a major research university, and I've heard similar stories from other academic support types. Is that sort of non-negotiable practice common only in academic and nonprofit fields? Is negotiation maybe more common at higher levels?
@Jellybish Hmm. Thanks!
@Jellybish Well, right, but what is it? Are they standalone clinics? In hospitals? Tiny hole-in-the-wall doctor's offices? The results for urgent care in Chicago are mostly hospitals, outside the Loop, so I'm not clear on the difference.
@redheaded&crazy I don't understand what an urgent care clinic is and Google isn't really helping. Americans, are these common in cities? The Google and Yelp results for Chicago lead me to believe that these have insane waits and short hours, and I'm not clear on the difference between a UCC, a shelter clinic, and an ER.
Just bought renter's insurance. Thanks! State Farm was the cheapest AND covered the most, and it worked out to be $160ish for a year--but I don't have auto insurance or anything else, so it's affordable and would probably be even cheaper for others.