Answered by Emily, Hiring Expert at Fifth Third Bank, on Monday, August 25, 2014
There are definitely jobs/career opportunities that exist which do not require 65 hours a week and pay a reasonable wage. Being new in your career, you probably want to demonstrate your work ethic and are eager to move up internally, but not at the expense of your mental/physical health. Earning a salary of $35,000/year plus benefits is actually a good wage for 2 years of experience, but not if it requires 65 hours/week. If you are working 65 hours a week, I would hope that you have a commission or incentive opportunity to earn more based on the extra work. Since you didn’t mention that, it appears that you are being taken advantage of and may want to consider finding a better position. As you work with recruiters and explain your reason for looking, focus on the positives that you are seeking in a new position like a culture where employees are engaged and valued by the organization or opportunities for growth. Don’t focus on the negative and take your time to really explore the company’s culture and values to be sure you have a good match.