Question From The Job Seeker
I have a problem that has been causing growing frustration in my life and I need your help dealing with it. I have a Masters degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from Gomal University, Dera Ismail Khan, with first division. After finishing my degree, I joined an advertising agency and worked there for nearly 4 and half years. I then switched to another agency and worked for some time with that agency before finally moving to an airline company.
The problem I am facing is that the salary package I am getting at this airline company is quite low as compared to my experience level and the jobs portfolio. People with my experience level are getting much higher pays than me. My boss says that since I came to the company on this pay scale, I should be content.
Disheartened, when I applied for another job, I did not receive an interview call, but when my wife who has a BA degree only applied for the same job she received an interview call. Why was I ignored despite being more experienced and educated? Also what can I do to get the company to increase my salary?
Ali Faisal Khan
Answer From The Rozee Team
You have good education and a lot of experience which means that you can get a good pay. The first thing that comes to mind after reading your story is why you accepted a job at a lower package than you deserved. It might be that you wanted the job badly enough to accept a lower salary package. If so, you might have to bear the package for some time before you are offered an appraisal or a promotion.
Due to the economic recession that is plaguing the job markets, the pay scales have gone down. A lot of people are willing to work for less and for every job that opens up there are millions of candidate. Under these circumstances it might be best to keep working till you get a better option.
When looking for a job make sure that it is something you are interested in and see yourself succeeding in the long run. Do not make a switch based on pay scale only as that will not be beneficial for you in the long term. Also moving again and again can create a negative impression on the employer.
As per your question regarding the failure to receive an interview call from the job that you applied for, the problem might be that you are overqualified. The fact that your wife received a call from the company despite being less educated and experienced means that she fills their criteria better. Your experience and education level is not desired by the employer so they did not give you a call.
It is advisable that you apply to jobs that cater to your experience level rather than going for jobs that are below your expertise level. Even if you are able to get a job that is below your expertise level, they will offer you a lower pay scale which is the reason you switched your job in the first place.
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