Received Friday, April 10, 2009
I'm unsure what to do. I've not worked for three months owing to the recession. In that time I've been to numerous interviews, just as many second interviews, and this week I worked a paid trial shift, after which my references were checked and today over the phone I was offered the job. After I'd accepted, my new employer stated that the salary we'd agreed on (after speaking about it at the first interview and listing it as part of the outline for the contract at the second interview, an amount which hasn't increased in two years) was beyond their budget and that they'd be paying me 15% less. I was taken aback, stuttered a bit, but accepted the lesser amount. I was very excited at the prospect of starting with this family- we both intended it to be a longterm commitment, and I need to work after not having worked steadily since the beginning of January, however this shift in gears has left a very bad taste in my mouth. I'm to start on Monday, but I'm torn between doing what I need to do which is work steadily again, or standing up for myself and not accept the job because they've gone back on their word. Your opinions would be greatly appreciated.