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post #1 of 30 Old 02-26-2012, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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Should job promotions suck?

Am I the only one who dreads a promotion?
Its apparently time for me to move up the ladder but I'm not sure I even want to. There is a job open, I've been groomed for it, I have my boss's blessing, it pays more than what I make now, its great resume candy, its the next logical step in my career, ect.
But, Im not looking forward to it at all. Im pretty comfortable doing what Im doing, life is pretty easy as it is and I dont think I want to take on the BS of a new position right now (alot of BS in this new position compared to the present one), although now is probably the best time to do it.
I've done alot of different jobs in my life and Ive regularly and eagerly taken on challenges with open arms in the past, Ive actually thrived on challenge. For some reason, I just dont want it right now. I feel guilty about that because I should be reaching for better opportunities and this is definately a better opportunity that will open up alot of possibilities in the future. In this economy, does a sane person turn down opportunities when they knock?
Anyone have any promotion stories, good or bad?
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Tough call. Nothing says you have to move up the career ladder if you choose not to. Especially if you do not define yourself by the work you do. After working as a supervisor in various Social Service programs found I was much happier taking responsibility for my own production and competence rather than other's. Found helping others much more rewarding than crunching numbers for increased pay. Good luck with your decision.

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Tough call. Nothing says you have to move up the career ladder if you choose not to. Especially if you do not define yourself by the work you do. After working as a supervisor in various Social Service programs found I was much happier taking responsibility for my own production and competence rather than other's. Found helping others much more rewarding than crunching numbers for increased pay. Good luck with your decision.
I wouldnt say I define myself by my work although I do take pride in what I do. Im definately a "work to live" kinda guy and not a "live to work" kind.
An acquaintance of mine who happens to be a pastor who has done alot of work with the elderly and ill once told me. (I have never heard a person, on their death bed, say "I wish I wouldve spent more time working and less time with family and doing what I enjoy doing").
That has stuck with me for many years.
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How much more money and how long does a person last in that position before they're replaced? In my old profession, mechanics last a long time as long as the quality of their work is good as opposed to the service manager being replaced every 5 years.

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How much more money and how long does a person last in that position before they're replaced? In my old profession, mechanics last a long time as long as the quality of their work is good as opposed to the service manager being replaced every 5 years.
Its about $10,000 more per year than what Im making now.
Its a new position that has been developed to administer a new program, so that has me worried a little and its also why its going to be alot of BS and stress involved. Im not worried alot about losing my job though because its a stable employer who has never layed anyone off. They will fire you in a heartbeat as soon as they dont want to see your face anymore though.
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That what I'm doing this weekend, getting my resume for a job in Bullhead city Az.
They say it gets hot there. (hey more riding time) but a 20% pay increase
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Wow, 10k is definitely a large promotion, if it was me i would absolutely take it. But yeah I also worry about that. The change in responsibility the change in supervisors. I have the luxury of working at geico, so I just got my first promotion of many where my pay increased 3k and my job/supervisor didn't change at all Hahaha
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job promotion

You said its a new position that has been developed to administer a new program, what happens if that new program fizzles out? Can you get your old position back? Lots of questions you have to ask yourself.

My friend used to work for Coca-Cola, he was offered many promotions and always turned them down because he liked, and was good at, what he did. Then one day his boss came in and said he was let go, no reason was given, but we all know it was because he wouldn't move up the ladder.

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Wow, 10k is definitely a large promotion, if it was me i would absolutely take it. But yeah I also worry about that. The change in responsibility the change in supervisors. I have the luxury of working at geico, so I just got my first promotion of many where my pay increased 3k and my job/supervisor didn't change at all Hahaha
My bosses wont change but I will have more of them. This position works closely with many people in many departments.
The only reason its $10000 more than Im making now is because they knocked us back from 36 hrs/wk to 29 hrs/wk last year (thanks Obama). If I was still working 36 hrs/wk it would only be about a $3000 increase.
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You said its a new position that has been developed to administer a new program, what happens if that new program fizzles out? Can you get your old position back? Lots of questions you have to ask yourself.

My friend used to work for Coca-Cola, he was offered many promotions and always turned them down because he liked, and was good at, what he did. Then one day his boss came in and said he was let go, no reason was given, but we all know it was because he wouldn't move up the ladder.

I only wish you the best of luck in the decision you chose.
Unless I find out something really crazy about the position (like having to work every weekend or having to scrub the toilets or something) I'll most likely take the job. I've thought about it and I dont think I have it in me to turn it down. If it fizzles, so be it, I'll just move on with a better looking resume and a little more money in my account.
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