Should DH apply for new job?

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Registered: 10-09-1999
Should DH apply for new job?
Wed, 07-24-2013 - 1:13pm

Looking for opinions here...DH could apply & have a good shot at getting a new job.  It would at least double his income but would also mean more working hours, especially in the winter compared to what he is doing now.  We will have our home paid off & be debt free in Dec., so we really don't need the extra income.  I've worked full-time at the same job for over 28 years & get 4 weeks vacay every year & I look forward to using that either in one nice vacay every year and/or using a few days here & there for long weekend getaways.  The job my DH currently has enables us to take the time off.  The new job would require him to work to build up some vacation time.  We have our health insurance 100% provided by my employer so he would not need the benefits offered with this new job.  However, the new job would provide some retirement for the future. 

I know ultimately it is my DH's decision, but I think he should keep the job he has & this job opening will provide a nice job for a person/family that could benefit from it more & needs the job.  What do you guys think?  It would enable us to save more for retirement by making more $, but we have quite a bit saved already.  Also, I would like to start investing in some rentals with the extra $ we have, but do it with cash & if he was making more we could accomplish that quicker...

Thanks for your input.



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Registered: 12-31-2010
Wed, 07-24-2013 - 8:44pm

Cindylee, you are good at looking at all sides of an issue and know you cannot buy time!  You guys are doing great and having your home paid off is an awesome accomplishment. 

There are no hard and fast rules about all benefits for most companies and I might suggest your DH bargain for extra vacation time, most companies do expect that of people with a certain amount of tenure.  Something people tend to forget is that the added income will also boost your eventual social security payments, so it could be worth more than what you see today, as social security is calculated based on your highest 10 quarters (check to be sure that has not changed.) 

At least the high volume time is in the winter, and not summer.  My DH has been working 12-15 hours a day since late June, Sundays included.  He did 120 hours the week of the 4th.  We got through it and it will slow down soon enough, we hope!


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Registered: 10-02-2011
Wed, 07-24-2013 - 10:36pm

Can your DH build up enough vacation days to do more or less what you're currently doing? It sounds like vacation is the main "con" in your calculation, and this is important enough that you're hoping he'd stay with his current job. Is it possible to have the best of both worlds?

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Registered: 11-14-2008
Fri, 07-26-2013 - 11:05am

I'm just not sure how I would feel about this. It is a tough one! You must decide what is more important and how you will feel in certain situations. Clearly you are doing the right things financially and you have choices. Your choices, so sit down with hubby and decide how you think and feel about it.

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Registered: 07-24-2001
Fri, 07-26-2013 - 1:52pm

I actually don't think American's typically put enough value on quality of life issues.  So I believe you should be careful to weigh vacation time, satisfaction with the type of work, and relationships with co-workers more heavily than people normally do.  I mean if you think about it, in one case your husband may make more money to retire with, and on another case, he may enjoy his work so much he doesn't really even want to retire.

Although I don't have any helpful advice, I think you are right to be thinking this stuff thru carefully.

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Registered: 10-09-1999
Fri, 07-26-2013 - 6:38pm

Thanks for all of your input, you gave us a few more things to think about.  For now he is staying where he is.  If they have trouble filling the position or keeping a good employee then he may apply at a later date.  We are both in agreement so we will just continue on with our current plan. 

Have a good weekend!