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You always knew your manager was way too talented and definitely overqualified for his position. Now it looks as though at least one company has seen what you’ve known all along. He’s been offered an impressive salary package and a challenging new career. He’s also been given free rein to hire whomever he chooses for his department. He approaches you and asks if you want to come along. What do you do? A. Harrison Barnes, founder, says this isn’t as complicated a matter as many think.
If You Do Want to Follow -

Accepting a new position happens every single day. It’s important you provide proper notice and while you might not want to volunteer to HR that you’re following your boss to the new company, you should also avoid lying about it, says A. Harrison Barnes. Work out a notice and check your contract carefully to be sure your bases are covered from a legal aspect.
While the job may be “in the bag”, you still want to polish your resume if for no other reason to have in your new personnel file. You never know when you might need it again anyway. The new job might be perfect for your boss, but there’s no guarantee it’s going to be a good fit for you.

If You Don’t Want to Follow -

This is awkward because you’re telling someone you respect that you don’t want to follow them to their new employment. He might take it personally or he might silently ponder if there’s not something you know that’s not privy to about the new company. Your goal is to politely decline and if he asks why, a simple, “It sounds great, but I am not really in a financial position to take a chance right now” should suffice.

But what happens if your boss’s boss approaches you and wants to know what’s going on. Should you tell him that there’s going to be an opening in supervision at the end of the month? A. Harrison Barnes says under no circumstances should you out your manager. It’s his responsibility to break the news to the higher ups. That’s one bell you can’t unring, so it’s best to just avoid the conversation whenever possible.

Regardless of whether you accept the new position or opt to remain where you are, it’s always in your best interest to remain steady. You can respect your former boss, who’s now working with the competition, without being disloyal to your current employer.
“It’s all about balance and doing the right thing”, says the founder. “Master that, and you’ve accomplished what many spend years trying to perfect.

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