A while back, possibly in November, I was contacted by someone that I work with to see if I would be interested in a position that would be vacant soon. I took a pre-meeting interview with the director and liked what I was hearing. I put in an application, but after some reflection I withdrew it before my interview. I felt that having only been in my current position just over a year I owed it to them to stick it out through the busy season. Plus, this new job was the same grade, so I figured what would I gain by a lateral move right at the holidays when I was in the midst of renovating and buying the house.
Live and learn, as they say. Apparently, as I found out today, grades mean nothing when it comes to pay rates (why, oh why, do they have them then?). This job, that I declined an interview for, the job which I was sought out for, would have easily been a $10,000 to $15,000 increase from my current salary.
Hearing that tidbit this morning put me in a bit of a funk. I know there's nothing to be done now, spilled milk and all, so hopefully the next time an opportunity presents itself, I will be more ambitious. How in the heck was I supposed to know though? Really?