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HydroJim

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Job Offer: Weighing Options
« on: July 24, 2018, 07:24:14 PM »
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Padonak

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Re: Job Offer: Weighing Options
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2018, 07:51:55 PM »
Ask for 100K or more, agree if they give let's they 90K+. After that keep slowly looking for even better opportunities.

LAGuy

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Re: Job Offer: Weighing Options
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2018, 08:16:11 PM »
Yeah, this is kind of a tough one but I think I'd lean towards the new job. Here's my thinking, you may prefer the current job somewhat but the fact of the matter is that you're always going to be on their "entry level" step plan or whatever it is that they have planned for you. That means slow and steady. Crappy raises. Maybe a new opportunity every 5 years or so. The fact of the matter is, to super charge your career you're going to have to jump ship a few times. So, if you look at this from the point of view that you're not going to want to keep the current job for all that long anyways, does it still seem like somewhere you want to stay? I also agree with Padonak that you should try to ask for more money. Early on in your career, generally you want to be making a move for more like a 30% pay raise if possible, especially in a strong economy.

On the otherhand, though, if you are happy there's nothing wrong with staying, but I would be considering my options. It's clear you're already undervalued at the current organization. I wouldn't try to use the offer in hand to get a raise under threat of quitting, however. That'll just put you on somebodies shit list. If you're going to ask for a raise, go in and ask for it on merit.

Edit: I'd use your ambivalence towards the new job as your main negotiating tactic for getting them to bump the pay. Just say what you said here really, that you're interested, but kind of on the fence and that bumping the pay to 95k to a 100k would really make it easier to go in their direction. There's nothing wrong with countering, they expect it to be honest, just make sure to do it just once and be ready to take the offer if they match it (if they come in less you're free to continue weighing your options, but you'll look like a tool if you don't take their sweetened offer that matches what you asked for).
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