Dear Evil HR Lady,
I have my Ph.D. I’ve been working at a big nonprofit hospital as a research postdoc (which is like half way between a real job and a student) for the last 20 months. Basically, I’ve been in school for the last 10 years. I’m 30 and I began my job search about 12 months ago. I was rejected by numerous places, but I’ve finally been offered that all-elusive “real job” at a big name university.
I undersold myself in the onsite interview and told them I would take 60K starting salary (the average starting salary is 85+K for a PhD in my field). When they sent me the offer letter, they bumped the salary to 65.5K, but only 1K in relocation costs. (Yes, after a year of searching and rejection after rejection, I am a broken woman with less confidence than ever….so I didn’t bother negotiating. Yes, I’m an idiot. My thinking was “beggars can’t be choosers.”) I can’t find a mover to do the move for less than 1.5K. I’ve signed the offer letter…is there anything I can do at this point? Or am I just going to have to suck it up and shell out the extra cash for the move? I know I’ll get it back when it comes to tax time….but it’s the upfront cost that’s killing me.
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