Re: Advice wanted...

Subject: Re: Advice wanted...
From: Beth Friedman <bjf -at- wavefront -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2001 11:43:26 -0600

In our previous episode at 11:01 AM 2/26/01, Jane Carnall wrote:

Just over three months ago I was interviewed for a job with a start-up
company. The job sounded interesting (and the start-up looked reasonably
sound) and the company liked me and offered me the job. Unfortunately,
for various personal/professional reasons, I had to turn it down and
stayed with my current job.

Now I want to move on from my current job, and I've contacted various
agencies - one of which was the agency who got me the interview for the
start-up job. When I got back to them, they said that the start-up job
was still open, and did I want to re-apply for it.

This sounds like both a good idea (hey, they wanted me *last* time, and
we've already gone through the usual routine) and a bad idea: I turned
them down, and are they likely to forget that? What would you do?

I'm not normally the Machiavellian type, but did you give a reason for turning them down last time? If not, why not ask for more money this time? Then they'll assume that you turned them down strictly for monetary reasons, and if they do come through with the increased money your worth will go up in their eyes. ("We're paying her X, so she must be worth X, and the employee we pay less is worth less" isn't logical, but it's a natural assumption.)

Plus the extra money would be nice.

But I second whoever's recommendation it was to take another look at the company first -- a lot of them these days are going, as _The Register_ so kindly puts it,

Beth Friedman / bjf -at- wavefront -dot- com
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