New Job – but now a better offer

Here’s a question from a Podcast listener:

“Dan, I’m a 30 year old web designer, started a new job 5 months ago and am happily employed, making 60K. I like the firm; I like the people and have no problems. Yesterday I was contacted by an agency owner that saw my online portfolio, got excited and wanted to meet. I did go to check out their place and I loved the vibe and the 80K offer! I have been toying with the idea of making the move but I would feel just terrible to tell my current boss that I’m leaving if this to come through. We are in the middle of producing a major, multimillion dollar project. At the same time, I’m very adventurous when it comes to my career. How do I make the switch without coming off as unprofessional / unappreciative / disrespectful?  Thank you for inspiring my soul!”

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Cathy – thanks for your question.  Being hired for a $60K position is the end result of a long process for both you and the hiring company.  Upon accepting a position I do think there is an implied commitment from both sides.  And I think that ought to be 2-3 years.  To switch after only 5 months and when you are in the middle of a big project would be pretty unprofessional.

There should be factors other than just the pay to determine what is a good fit for you.  If you keep just chasing the dollars you risk losing a connection to your heart along the way.  Look at the whole picture – the connections you’re making now – the project you’re a part of that you’ll be able to include on your resume, etc.  Hold your head high; enjoy your new position and do it with the excellence expected of you.  I would even share with your new boss what’s happened and tell him why you are choosing to stay in your current position.

What would you do in this situation?

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