How to Avoid a Great New Job

Bob Goldman on

I know it seems impossible, but there's a chance that somewhere out there an employer wants to offer you an amazing job.

I didn't say there was a big chance, but when you're stuck in the mud, career-wise, it's good to entertain the thought that there is a teensy-weensy, itsy-bitsy possibility the phone will ring and you will be offered a great new job.

Which raises the question -- what do you do if the call does arrive?

(Assuming you can move past the first reaction of your teensy-weensy, itsy-bitsy brain, which is to say, "I think you have the wrong number.")

Of course, any new job represents a risk. You may despise your current employer, but on the positive side, they know you and seem willing to keep you around.

There's no guarantee that a new employer won't come to their senses when you actually show up.


Don't want to risk it?

You're ready for "How to Gracefully Leverage an Outside Job Offer," a recent article by Anna Goldfarb in The New York Times.

Should you decide to go the leverage route, your first step is to "learn the best outcome anyone has ever received in your position."

"If a superstar in your field was able to leverage a stellar outside offer," Goldfarb writes, "be clear in what ways your achievements are similar or dissimilar."


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