Should I Accept a Lower Level Position That Pays More

Should I Accept a Lower Level Position That Pays More? |

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

People are often presented with this situation and fall prey to either an impulsive response or being too accommodating.

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Should I accept the lower-level job that pays more than what I’m currently earning or my higher level job? I’m Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. There’s no simple way to answer this question. After all, in bad economic times, you may be very happy to get anything regardless of title and that it pays more is fabulous. Also, you may be in a situation where you’re coming out of a small firm going to a large firm, and the scope of the work at the large firm is going to be bigger than the scope of the work that you’ve done at smaller firms. So that’s one set of circumstances.

However, I have to tell you, people fall for this false dichotomy situation much too often. And just using that second example of big company versus small company, a big company is always going to try and persuade you that the scope of the work that you’ve done is nowhere near what’s we’re going to ask you to do here. And often, that isn’t true. They’re getting you for a lower price.

You see, they set up this false dichotomy that it has to be either/or. You have to take  more money and a lesser position, or we’re not interested. And maybe you shouldn’t be interested. Maybe you can say, ‘Okay, I’ll consider it. Let’s keep interviewing.’ And then you go look for something at the right level with the right organization.

Don’t fall for the false dichotomy so quickly. Defer and deflect. ‘Sure, I’d consider that.’ And then you find out more you realize how much work is going to be involved and maybe this isn’t the right situation for you.

So again, just to summarize, there’s no simple answer to this. Always find out more by continuing the process. Don’t answer at the beginning when they pose this with the screener, who really doesn’t know much of anything. You say, ‘Sure I’d consider it.’ ‘Why would you do that?’ You start flattering them a little bit. You know, great organization, you’re assuming it’s a terrific team of people. I’d consider it because you can always walk away from it later on.

And when they say, “But, why,” ‘As I looked at this situation, it wasn’t as simple as, a lower title and more money. It was gonna be a ton of work, and a lower title. And there’s gonna come a point where and you just defer and deflect until you’re ready to choose.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with over 2400 episodes.

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