Dear Experts, I've been working at the same company for about a year now and I don't enjoy myself as much as I used to. For the past two months I have been looking for a new job but haven't told anyone at work. Just the other day I was called into my manager's office where I thought I was going to be laid off (I was excited). To my surprise I was given a promotion! My manager gave me one week to make my decision. The fact of the matter is I don't want to continue working there even if I've earned promotion. I'm not happy at this company. How do I tell my manager I don't want this promotion? The company may think I'm crazy for not accepting, especially in this job market. I don't want anyone to find out or be suspicious of the fact I'm searching for a new job. Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question:Q#206 I'd tell them that I felt like I could serve the company best in current position. (@beneubanks) Q#206 Take the promotion. It will increase your marketability, u could also wind up "tweaking" job more 2 your liking. (@kgrantcareers) Q#206 Turn down promotion=slap in boss face, may burn reference bridge; take promo, cd like it; keep looking. (@juliaerickson) Q#206 I would take the promotion and keep looking. It's still worth the extra experience and money even if you plan to leave. (@gradversity) Q#206 I agree w/@gradversity. Take the promotion - could add to your resume while you're searching. (@heatherhuhman) Q#206 Promotion may respark your interest in co, or minimally, looks good on a resume. =] (@teenarose) Q#206 Take it and continue looking. It looks good 2 get promoted. Put it on ur resume. Will help sell you to a new employer. (@DebraWheatman) Q#206 Company may need u in new position 4 financial reasons. B4 declining, explore w/ur mgr 2 ensure is best decision. (@ValueIntoWords) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.

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In order to have a productive discussion about career growth with your boss, it is important for you to prepare and think through some key items ahead of time. You want to be in full control of your career path and the best way to do that is to approach your manager with confidence and conviction around your career growth goals.

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