NEW YORK (MainStreet) — While negotiating for more money is always nice, shouldn't you be going after the job you really want? Here's a look at seven reasons changing jobs is often the best solution to getting a bump in salary — and everything else you deserve.
1. The fulfillment you'll get from a raise may be short-lived.
There is no denying a nice paycheck can make you happy, but it's a short-term fulfillment, says Adam Ochstein, founder and chief executive of StratEx Partners, a Chicago provider of human resources and software.
"No price can make up for having to show up to work every day doing something you're miserable doing," he says. "Continuously negotiating for a pay raise in a miserable role won't lend to long-term career success."
2. A little raise may come with a lot more work.
"If someone is in a miserable position and they ask for a salary raise, the workload will increase, and they will become even more miserable," Ochstein cautions.
You should focus instead on finding a career you can see yourself growing into, which will lead to a bigger salary as you progress professionally, he says.3. That vacancy you're waiting for may never happen.
Taking a raise while you wait for your dream job to open may seem like a good plan, but you might be waiting indefinitely.
"Don't wait for the vacancy," says Paul McDonald, senior executive director at staffing firm Robert Half. "If you postpone asking for the job you wish you had or rest on your laurels hoping for HR to post the position, it may never happen."