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(3,065 posts)
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 03:28 PM Mar 2017

Oh HELLS yes...

Last edited Wed Mar 29, 2017, 10:50 PM - Edit history (1)

Some of you may remember that I'm an electrician in the Fort Lauderdale area.
Earlier this month I got into it with my boss about compensation. I wanted what I thought was a well deserved raise. He disagreed and wanted to wait.
Well, there's a ton of work down here so I decided to put in my two weeks notice and see what was out there. He didn't like that and told me to take my vacation pay and just go now, so I did. I took two weeks vacation and started my job search when I got back and oh, my God. Over the last twelve days I've submitted 20 or so resumes and got 14 replies back! After 14 interviews, I've gotten 5 offers of employment.

Today I finally said yes to one.
They more than doubled, DOUBLED my salary, 401k, company phone and truck! I am stoked!
I'm sitting here trying to type this while I'm bouncing off the walls. I haven't made this kind of scratch since Las Vegas was booming in the early 2000's. I was doing okay here, but now I'm actually going to be able to afford a nice house for myself (no more roommates), and maybe a boat to go with a new truck.
Maybe even find a steady girlfriend.

I hope this inspires others out there that are sick of their jobs and feel they can do better. Granted, I don't have a wife, or kids to feed; but sometimes you gotta jump into the deep end and start swimming. There are jobs out there, folks. You do not have to stay stuck somewhere that you feel you're under-appreciated. Put some feelers out. Submit some resumes.
Whaddya got to lose?

Just wanted to share some good news.

And thanks for all the rec's

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Oh HELLS yes... (Original Post) Callmecrazy Mar 2017 OP
Thanks for sharing! hamsterjill Mar 2017 #1
Very good news. drray23 Mar 2017 #2
Great news! FakeNoose Mar 2017 #3
Congratulations from Oregon ! Kittycow Mar 2017 #4
BTW: Oregon has its lowest unemployment rate in a decade right now. Thanks Obama. n/t Binkie The Clown Mar 2017 #17
Congratulations from California! calimary Mar 2017 #78
Congratulations! I hope the new job works out well for you. Arkansas Granny Mar 2017 #5
Well .... you need to send Trump a letter and thank him for creating all those jobs Angry Dragon Mar 2017 #6
I'll do it right now... Callmecrazy Mar 2017 #8
Can I borrow $5 ? underpants Mar 2017 #7
Congratulations sharp_stick Mar 2017 #9
Patriots fan, are ya? Callmecrazy Mar 2017 #11
Is it that obvious? :) nt sharp_stick Mar 2017 #12
good for you!!!! samnsara Mar 2017 #10
Congratulations on your new job!! Doreen Mar 2017 #13
My old boss is actually a friend of mine... Callmecrazy Mar 2017 #28
Maybe he'll quit and end up as your boss again! mnhtnbb Mar 2017 #71
Or your employee. Kber Mar 2017 #75
Good for you... Freedomofspeech Mar 2017 #14
Excellent News Lebam in LA Mar 2017 #15
Great news!!!! Congrats! n/t blaze Mar 2017 #16
Congrats! luvMIdog Mar 2017 #18
Nice to see a happy ending sellitman Mar 2017 #19
Hey that's great news! Congratulations! n/t bear425 Mar 2017 #20
Eight of the last nine recessions... czarjak Mar 2017 #21
Yeah, but... Callmecrazy Mar 2017 #30
Way to go!!! BlueJac Mar 2017 #22
Congrats on the great news TxDemChem Mar 2017 #23
All the best to you! littlemissmartypants Mar 2017 #24
Congrats on the new job!! GatorDem82 Mar 2017 #25
I took 3 month to get my last vehicle... Callmecrazy Mar 2017 #32
Congrats! GeoWilliam750 Mar 2017 #26
Woo hoo!! C Moon Mar 2017 #27
I think he was a little scared... Callmecrazy Mar 2017 #33
Oh, I didn't see you were friends. Read through too fast. Good luck to you both! C Moon Mar 2017 #47
Yeah! mac56 Mar 2017 #29
Congrats! I truly wish you well. Moostache Mar 2017 #31
I am so happy for your good news! irisblue Mar 2017 #34
Thank you, all my friends here on DU... Callmecrazy Mar 2017 #35
Congrats brother! Glamrock Mar 2017 #36
Bullets would bounce off of me right now, brother. Callmecrazy Mar 2017 #38
Yep! Glamrock Mar 2017 #46
Yay that's awesome LostinRed Mar 2017 #37
Congrats, but I would be putting a lot back! Dustlawyer Mar 2017 #39
I love it when a DUer gets a lift like this! lunatica Mar 2017 #40
I've been looking around BuddyCa Mar 2017 #41
WOW!!! ailsagirl Mar 2017 #42
Congrats.... Bonhomme Richard Mar 2017 #43
Your first good choice was in deciding to learn how to be an electrician, and developing your skills NBachers Mar 2017 #44
Congrats from a fellow South Floridian genxlib Mar 2017 #45
I'm doing a water treatment facility in Dania Beach... Callmecrazy Mar 2017 #61
Cool projects genxlib Mar 2017 #62
Congrats I am so happy you got a better paying job with benefits kimbutgar Mar 2017 #48
Excellent, wonderful, congratulations and well done. aquamarina Mar 2017 #49
Congratulations bluescribbler Mar 2017 #50
Good job...congrats to you on a well-deserved victory. Volaris Mar 2017 #51
That's wonderful! Jane Austin Mar 2017 #52
Congratulations, IWouldn'tCallYouCrazy. SwissTony Mar 2017 #53
Yeah, I texted him last weekend ... Callmecrazy Mar 2017 #56
Good on ya denbot Mar 2017 #54
What amazed me the most was how easy this was... Callmecrazy Mar 2017 #55
It really pays off to keep on eye on your job field dixiegrrrrl Mar 2017 #59
Absolutely... Callmecrazy Mar 2017 #60
Wonderful to hear that news. warmfeet Mar 2017 #57
Thanks Trump! (or Obama, or whoever...), anyway congrats. joanbarnes Mar 2017 #58
Cool story, bro. No, really! Beartracks Mar 2017 #63
Hay! Mucho grande congrats! sprinkleeninow Mar 2017 #64
Congrats! chwaliszewski Mar 2017 #65
Aaand another Pat's fan comes out of the woodwork... Callmecrazy Mar 2017 #67
Pat's fan? chwaliszewski Mar 2017 #84
Same conference... Callmecrazy Mar 2017 #85
My fond memories of the Kelly-Marino rivalry chwaliszewski Mar 2017 #86
I'm so happy for you, Callmecrazy! Cha Mar 2017 #66
Thanks Cha... Callmecrazy Mar 2017 #69
Kudos to you, wtg. ATL Ebony Mar 2017 #68
Bravo, well done! Blue_Tires Mar 2017 #70
I LOVE hearing news like this. Congratulations! mnhtnbb Mar 2017 #72
You're succeeding because of your skills and ongoing work history bucolic_frolic Mar 2017 #73
You be CRAY, Callmecrazy! CONGRATULATIONS!! WinkyDink Mar 2017 #74
His loss, your WIN! Congrats! Heartstrings Mar 2017 #76
Congrats on growing your career and developing your self worth IronLionZion Mar 2017 #77
oh. . WOW--that is fantastic. thank you for sharing your great news with us--we need niyad Mar 2017 #79
Callmecrazy Congratulations! ploppy Mar 2017 #80
Congratulations! So happy for you! nt Honeycombe8 Mar 2017 #81
congrats!! onetexan Mar 2017 #82
Congratulations and thanks for the encouragement qanda Mar 2017 #83


(15,243 posts)
1. Thanks for sharing!
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 03:31 PM
Mar 2017

It's good to know that there are possibilities out there.

Best of luck to you in your new situation.


(7,661 posts)
2. Very good news.
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 03:32 PM
Mar 2017

I am glad it worked for you. Apparently, your previous employer was underpaying you a lot. I am glad others recognized your value and are willing to pay you what you are worth.


(81,981 posts)
78. Congratulations from California!
Thu Mar 30, 2017, 01:10 PM
Mar 2017

Not sure about our unemployment rate, but we are the 6th biggest economy in THE WORLD. So we must be doing something right!


(11,686 posts)
13. Congratulations on your new job!!
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 04:03 PM
Mar 2017

Now call your old boss and tell him he lost out on a good employee. Then hang up.


(3,065 posts)
28. My old boss is actually a friend of mine...
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 05:08 PM
Mar 2017

And he gave me a half-assed congrats. But I know he's seething. I'll be making more than him now.
Too bad he couldn't put me in for a bump. Now my Dolphin season ticket seats will be better than his.


(36 posts)
25. Congrats on the new job!!
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 05:00 PM
Mar 2017

I definitely know what it's like to get a HUGE jump in salary as I just did in December.

One piece of advice, don't be an idiot like me and go right out and get an expensive new truck. Definitely save some some of that awesome new income, maybe evaluate what you want to buy for a while. Wish I had done the same.


(3,065 posts)
32. I took 3 month to get my last vehicle...
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 05:12 PM
Mar 2017

I don't get emotional when I make a major purchase like that.
But that's good advice. Thanks.


(3,065 posts)
33. I think he was a little scared...
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 05:18 PM
Mar 2017

or even jealous. Like I said up thread, he's a buddy of mine. But I have more training and a better CV than he does. He learned everything on the job and it took him longer to get up the ladder.. I went to school and had OJT and I think he was hearing footsteps. We're still friends, at least in my heart.
But I hope he goes home and sulks tonight.


(11,808 posts)
36. Congrats brother!
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 05:21 PM
Mar 2017

I know exactly how you feel. I'm a DC power electrician in the Telecom industry. I'm in the same ballpark as you, accepted a job with more than double my salary, 401k, insurance, van, phone, etc. I'm bouncing off the walls too! Congrats!


(11,808 posts)
46. Yep!
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 05:54 PM
Mar 2017

Just my pay increase alone is more than what I was making! Employment package should be showing up this week. Then background check, driving record inquiry, piss test, etc. Hopefully start in 2 or 3 weeks. I know how I feel right now, so I am just thrilled for you. That's really awesome!


(10,502 posts)
39. Congrats, but I would be putting a lot back!
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 05:42 PM
Mar 2017

When the Republicans crash the economy you will need money to last.


(53,410 posts)
40. I love it when a DUer gets a lift like this!
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 05:44 PM
Mar 2017

Now you know if you don't like the first job you take you can get another one pretty fast!


(5,557 posts)
45. Congrats from a fellow South Floridian
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 05:52 PM
Mar 2017

I too am in the construction industry in the South Florida area. I am on the design side but spend a lot of time on construction sites. We are about the same age too so maybe our paths will cross some day.

Life is too short to be stuck with a crappy job. Sometimes it is required but it is certainly sweet when you can move on to something better.



(3,065 posts)
61. I'm doing a water treatment facility in Dania Beach...
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 09:21 PM
Mar 2017

And then going to the new terminal at FLL. Maybe we'll run into each other some day.

You can buy me lunch.


(5,557 posts)
62. Cool projects
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 09:58 PM
Mar 2017

I've done some work at FLL and Dania Beach too.

It is a deal. I will buy you lunch if we ever cross paths.


(21,492 posts)
48. Congrats I am so happy you got a better paying job with benefits
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 05:59 PM
Mar 2017

Screw that old company. I bet your old boss will regret he didn't try to keep you.



(1,865 posts)
49. Excellent, wonderful, congratulations and well done.
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 06:01 PM
Mar 2017

You should send your old boss a thank you card...


(10,329 posts)
51. Good job...congrats to you on a well-deserved victory.
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 06:12 PM
Mar 2017


I keep telling myself, just keep at it. When I'm done with the current round of college, I know the moneys out there.

In the meantime, it feels like if we could go just 60 days and not have something blow up, we be about a whole year ahead right now. So, we just keep pushing for now, knowing eventually this rock will break lol.

Seriously, congratulations to you. If you were that underpaid, fuck your old boss he doesn't deserve you hahaha


(2,560 posts)
53. Congratulations, IWouldn'tCallYouCrazy.
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 06:53 PM
Mar 2017

Looks like you assessed the situation correctly and benefited from your actions. Well done.

I hope you and your friend can get back together on better terms.


(3,065 posts)
56. Yeah, I texted him last weekend ...
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 07:13 PM
Mar 2017

I told him there were no hard feelings on my end and that I missed us hanging out. He texted back and said he'd like that. We're still circling around each other a little bit; like a couple of tomcats. I think he has to work nights right now, so we'll have to coordinate some time for us to get together. Our working together often got in the way of our friendship, but we always worked past our arguments. We'll get past this too.


(3,065 posts)
55. What amazed me the most was how easy this was...
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 07:08 PM
Mar 2017

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There is so much work available down here that all I really did was put my resume on a few job search websites and waited for replies. I applied to about 5 more listings today and I've already gotten 1 request to interview. There wasn't any ground pounding or even reducing my salary requests. In fact, I think I was low balling it. I asked for a $5/hr increase and nobody objected.

But the job I really wanted is the one I took. It was actually offered to me last Saturday but I held out before accepting and they made me an offer I couldn't refuse. I admit I was a little nervous when I quit, but I was still in good graces with a temp company I had worked with before and they're hurting for help as well so I knew I had a fallback. But I didn't even have to call them. I didn't file for unemployment either.

My good kharma worked for me, I guess.


(60,010 posts)
59. It really pays off to keep on eye on your job field
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 07:56 PM
Mar 2017

Lots of savvy people check out their field every year or 2, just to know how the jobs are, keep up with salary curve, etc.

Congrats on a risk well rewarded!


(3,065 posts)
60. Absolutely...
Wed Mar 29, 2017, 08:21 PM
Mar 2017

I had been getting job searches in my email for months before I pulled the trigger.
I knew I'd be okay, but I didn't even dream I'd do this well.


(12,896 posts)
63. Cool story, bro. No, really!
Thu Mar 30, 2017, 12:43 AM
Mar 2017

Don't know you from Adam, but happy for you just the same!



(20,336 posts)
64. Hay! Mucho grande congrats!
Thu Mar 30, 2017, 12:45 AM
Mar 2017

I'm gonna send my near retirement husband to electrical school for his next career! 😆
Much success for you! 🍻


(3,065 posts)
85. Same conference...
Thu Mar 30, 2017, 04:13 PM
Mar 2017

I was close. My idiot BIL is from Niagara Falls and he never shuts up when they beat us.
Thanks for your kind words.


(1,514 posts)
86. My fond memories of the Kelly-Marino rivalry
Thu Mar 30, 2017, 08:09 PM
Mar 2017

I was at the week 16 game of 1990 when Frank Reich led the Bills (with a lot of help from Thurman Thomas) to a division title and home field throughout the playoffs victory over the Dolphins. 24-17, what a game.


(3,065 posts)
69. Thanks Cha...
Thu Mar 30, 2017, 07:23 AM
Mar 2017

The sun's just coming up out here.
The first day of a new chapter in my life. I've got a bit of the first day jitters, but it'll pass. I don't start until Monday.


(31,503 posts)
72. I LOVE hearing news like this. Congratulations!
Thu Mar 30, 2017, 08:36 AM
Mar 2017

Sometimes the grass IS greener...as they say...and it pays to take a risk.

I'm glad this worked out so well for you!


(44,025 posts)
73. You're succeeding because of your skills and ongoing work history
Thu Mar 30, 2017, 08:52 AM
Mar 2017

For those with thin resumes damaged by the Great Recession, age, or illness, even the
well educated, the workplace is far less accommodating, even for jobs they would like
to do and are over-qualified for.

Employers have created a mean-spirited series of hoops to jump through with little focus
on anything other than robotic speed and perfect qualifications


(45,884 posts)
77. Congrats on growing your career and developing your self worth
Thu Mar 30, 2017, 12:28 PM
Mar 2017

But save some of that extra money in case it turns out there is some catch you don't know about. Double the salary usually means they need to attract people to join them for some reason. I would check glassdoor reviews of the company and see what their employees are saying.

I've been in a similar situation in the past where I left a shitty company for a much better job: better commute, better work, better pay, US citizen coworkers for the first time in my life, but it only lasted a short while due to problems retaining customers and a bad reputation from poor leadership. Layoffs started in 6 months. I was let go in 12 months. That was the reason for the higher salary. They needed temporary surge support after some people left.

Good luck! I hope it works out to be a great job for you.


(114,907 posts)
79. oh. . WOW--that is fantastic. thank you for sharing your great news with us--we need
Thu Mar 30, 2017, 01:49 PM
Mar 2017

all the positives that we can find!!

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