Career Calling

August 16, 2013

It Pays to Interview

One of my clients has worked for the same employer for more than 10 years.  For much of that time he has felt undervalued and underpaid.  Recently, two of his co-workers moved to a competitor.  They arranged for my client to interview.  His current employer heard about this, which could lead to dismissal.  In Illinois, an employer can use looking for a new job as a reason to terminate an employee.

Needless to say, my client was very nervous when his boss called him into the office.  Rather than fire my client, his boss promoted him and gave him a significant raise.  In a time when promotions and raises are rare, this example shows the value of interviewing.  It also underscores the importance of knowing your industry and maintaining good relationships with co-workers.  If my client’s co-workers had not set up the interview, he would not have received the opportunity for promotion and a raise.

Did my client take a risk?  Yes, he could have been fired.  But, by taking that risk, he has moved his career forward.  If you don’t take risks, you don’t move.

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