I must thank my bloggy friend Becca again for this suggestion!! I decided to pick up Suze Orman's - The Money Book For The Young, Broke & Fabulous. I'm not totally broke, but who couldn't use some tips/tricks on finances & navigating the credit/financial/career world.
Let me just say I'm only on chapter 2 & I think that every 20 something broke or note should read this book. I have been struggling with a dilemma for quite some time now & I hope that Suze Orman's advice is right; I hope she knows what she's talking about because if so - she's just solved a big problem for me!
In this post I talk about receiving an offer of employment from one of my current employers competitors. I also mentioned that my current employer offered to move me to the position that I've been wanting for a while in sales/marketing. When I was advised of the promotion to sales/marketing, we talked a bit about compensation and the compensation structure when new deals were won, but no numbers were set in stone; I suspect that may be up for discussion come January.
Well Chapter 2 - Career Moves in Suze Orman's book has the following problem:
Problem: I'm being given more responsibility but not more money. (I don't know yet if that's really my case, I don't believe it will be, but we'll see)
Her solution: That's actually a very good thing, if you know how to play it right.
What she says in this section is that if you're doing what you're passionate about, you put in extra hours, you show that you're willing to go above & beyond the call of duty, then you will be recognized and rewarded for all of your hard work. She says take in as much information & take on as many responsibilities as you can, even if that means longer hours in the office because the only person who benefits from this in the end is you!
I think there's some truth in that! When I first came to my company, I was a work-a-holic, literally spending 14 - 16 hours working because I knew that I was at a disadvantage; there were other consultants in the company that knew the products & I didn't because I was new. When I went to work overseas with our internal team, I got the competitive edge that I needed, I was on the leading edge team & the only consultant from the US that got to work side by side with our internal team for 8+ months. I established the right relationships so that I can now call on the people I need when I need to & they have yet to fail me & me yet to fail them. For that, I was rewarded. When I returned home from overseas, I was seen internally & externally as the only product expert in the US for our company. Although there was no monetary compensation, I gained job security knowing that I had a skill/knowledge/expertise that many of our other consultants lacked.
So Suze Orman - I'm going to trust that what you're saying is right! I'll be sure to keep yall posted on my promotion & how it goes! I'm so ready for this new season in my life it's ridiculous! Anyone else looking forward to a change?