OK. So you’ve decided you’re underpaid. A few of your team mates are making considerably more than you.
You know you’re as good (if not better) than them, so what gives?
You really do like your job. The company Christmas party is off the hook! The drive is less than 5 minutes and your best buddies work there too…….but you keep seeing jobs all over the internet paying more than what you're making and it's starting to weigh on your mind......
So what can you do about it? Call a recruiter? Well, maybe…..
But you know what happens next, right? If you’re so good- you’ll be going on an interview next week. Then another. Pretty soon you’ve got yourself an offer. More money!!! Woo hoo!!
But wait! Now you’ve got to resign. And you don’t really want to do that, do you? You’ve got to go through with this, though…….right? The recruiter is calling you night and day making sure you’re “on the same page” and you’ve already reluctantly agreed that he can accept an offer on your behalf. Who knows – maybe he already did…?
This isn’t what you really wanted, is it? To leave all your friends? To bail out on the awesome project you’ve been working on the past 2 years? It’s just about ready to go into production. All your hard work – and you’ll never see how happy your customers are……bummer……
I’ve got a solution for you. All you really want is more money. Heck – we all want that. So let me help you do just that without dragging a few other companies and that nice recruiter through the mud.
Wear your best suit into work tomorrow. Look better than you have since you interviewed there to begin with. Let your boss know you need the afternoon off. She’ll ask you why. Just let her know “It’s personal” and try to seem a bit apprehensive about it.
Next week you’ll need to take a whole day off. Again – let your boss know it’s personal. You might jokingly say “I’m not going on any interviews or anything” and then throw in something about your grandma not doing so well and she lives quite a distance away. Again – keep it somewhat vague.
Hang in there. You’re almost done Just one more step. This is the important one. You now need to tell your boss you need a few minutes. She’s already thinking something is up and this will confirm it. Her suspicion will be that you’re leaving – and she can’t have that happen now. Not at this critical time!
When you’re in her office let her know you just want to get a better idea of where you’ll be in the next few years. Ask about your chance of promotion. Let her know you feel like you need some more responsibility – but NEVER let on that you’ve been “interviewing” – just make it appear as though you’re at a crossroads and “might” be looking elsewhere. She’ll suspect this. She’s been here before. Trust me.
She’ll be on the phone with HR in a matter of minutes. Within a day or two you’ll find yourself in a meeting again. This time she’ll be happy to let you know that she’s been thinking of your career plan there – and while
that all shapes up – there is also a salary increase she’s requested for you. There you have it. You’re in!
Simple. No hassle. No bitter recruiter. No other company involved. Just you, your company and your new, phatter paycheck.
I can appreciate the humor in the post, if that was the intent. I'm a little concerned that some will take your post at face value and will do exactly what you suggested. If it backfires, there is yet another recruiter giving bad advice. I would have loved to see a disclaimer somewhere that this was a humorous approach and not the sound advice you would give someone.
I don't think anyone would have the guts
or skill to do this.
But I don't find it deceitful.
You're not telling anyone that you have another offer.
You are just acting as if. Leading them to wonder
but no more.
Never give up, never surrender!
Pedal to the metal, baby. Pedal to the metal.
Bottom line if you're unhappy go to your boss and ask what can be negotiated. Otherwise go out and find a real job that will make you happy. I'm not in the business of playing games. Life is too short.
To deny this reality is self-delusional. We don't need to be this way but our candidates, as New England football coach Bill Belichick often says, "are what they are."
Best to adapt to them.
You haven't been.
> just make it appear as though you’re at a crossroads
What's deceitful about that?
You're acting like someone who is interviewing
but what's deceitful in that. Deceitful doesn't
merely mean saying something that's untrue.
It implies doing something harmful.
In Jerry's scenario you're merely taking
legitimate care of yourself.