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How Do I Reject Promotion Offer?

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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)

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