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  • Bob Mitchell


When you are searching for a new position, the most common requirement for just about everyone is the pay.  This does play a very important part of your search, but it shouldn’t be the most important one.

You may think that what you have learned in your current position should allow you to ask for more money in a new position.  This can be true if you are making a lateral move, but if you are looking for something more challenging, then you should look at what your skills are compared to what a new position would require of you.

Salaries are based on experience, the more experience you have, the higher salary you may be able to command.

Although that seems fair, it isn’t always true.  Going into a new position at the top of the salary may be satisfying at first, but what happens after 6 months or 1 year.  You have already started at the top of the salary scale, where does your growth go from there.

It is important to way your options, take a careful look at what you want to achieve in the long run.  Your growth in a company is directly dependent on how you adapt to new skills and excel at them.  If you start at the top and it is a place that you enjoy working at, what will your options be, stay where you are and be static, or move on to a new position to start all over again.  Your salary won’t go any higher, and you may end up with more responsibilities than what you were hired for.

By opting for the lower salary and knowing that you will be learning new skills, you have no where to go but up.  Your training will be hands on, and free.  Your abilities will be seen by the people that matter and your salary will grow along with your new responsibilities.

It is important to remember that money should not be the be all end all when making a decision about your future.

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