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Old 10-06-2020, 05:25 PM
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How do you answer why are you leaving your current job if asked? The real reason is for more money. With the new situation people I know have got new positions that are full time remote for more money recently. I live in Florida and salaries are lower than elsewhere. I applied to a company in San Diego doing the exact same job I do now. I have a interview tomorrow and I asked for 20k more than I make now which they must be ok with otherwise they wouldn't interview me.

Anyway, what do you think? Can I say I I'm qualified, want to work remote full time, never commute again and earn more? Is that an acceptable answer?
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Yes, it is an acceptable answer. There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a job to get yourself in a better situation. Pay, commute, work type, remote work, what ever.

Always be truthful as many interviewers can sense deception.
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Is your current gig remote?

does the new job have more upward mobility?

does the new job have more options to branch off into other areas?

is the new company more financially secure? Environmentally friendly? Rewarding for some other reason that trends on social media?

They already know you’re going to make more money. I would try to find another angle to add, if for no other reason than to be more interesting at the interview. (Interesting, not weird).
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Asking for more money is low hanging fruit. Let them know that you are looking for a change to better yourself and your career. Then list some of the things that are important to you and add that you are looking for an opportunity to increase your salary and provide for upward mobility.
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Not sure if I would say "never commute" I believe that sounds negative. I also think it opens the door for them to ask you follow up questions. I'd say I would enjoy less of a commute. Good luck either way.
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Originally Posted by Big Island Lifer View Post
Asking for more money is low hanging fruit. Let them know that you are looking for a change to better yourself and your career. Then list some of the things that are important to you and add that you are looking for an opportunity to increase your salary and provide for upward mobility.
agreed!
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Or you can take Paul Rizzo’s approach.

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You've researched the new company, and you feel like your opportunity to bring your experience to them, and at the same time better yourself/your career, is a win/win for both parties.





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Personal and pressional growth.
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Not to s*** on your idea, but will you really be ahead making 20k more in San Diego? I've dreamt of living there but I hear the cost of living is absurd.
Please school me...
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Thanks for the advice I will add specific things I like about the company and there are some things I like better than where I currently work. But no I'm not moving there they have a office there and I applied to work remotely. I live in florida and have a florida salary. I asked for a salary that's low for California, but high for my area. Since I'm qualified, and its the exact same thing I do now, I think its mutually beneficial where they pay less than a California person, but I earn more than I'm used to and more comfortably in florida.
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It’s good to make it about the company rather then yourself. Do some research and come up with something about the new company that attracts you to it. They like it when you talk about how you want to be part of their organization and why. I usually say that they are on my “target” list of organizations in my job search. Turns the tone into you are selective and they made the cut. Also, quoting an article you read about them or something on their social media is good too. As far as remote, the ability to be remote allows you to expand your search and include them.
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Originally Posted by 4thefunofit View Post
Personal and pressional growth.
Whatever you do, don't let this guy ^^^^ proof read your resume. Lol.

But professional growth is always a valid reason for making a job move.
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Originally Posted by Lucky Bum View Post
Not to s*** on your idea, but will you really be ahead making 20k more in San Diego? I've dreamt of living there but I hear the cost of living is absurd.
Please school me...
Between cost the out of sight of housing in San Diego area state income tax will that $20K increase in salary mean more disposable income?
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Originally Posted by Big Island Lifer View Post
Asking for more money is low hanging fruit. Let them know that you are looking for a change to better yourself and your career. Then list some of the things that are important to you and add that you are looking for an opportunity to increase your salary and provide for upward mobility.
agree. I think something along the lines of looking for an opportunity to better grow your career and utilize more of your skills etc; works the best.
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Originally Posted by capt. kidd View Post
How do you answer why are you leaving your current job if asked? The real reason is for more money. With the new situation people I know have got new positions that are full time remote for more money recently. I live in Florida and salaries are lower than elsewhere. I applied to a company in San Diego doing the exact same job I do now. I have a interview tomorrow and I asked for 20k more than I make now which they must be ok with otherwise they wouldn't interview me.

Anyway, what do you think? Can I say I I'm qualified, want to work remote full time, never commute again and earn more? Is that an acceptable answer?


I got news for you, you are going to need a lot more than $20,000 more to move from Florida to San Diego. The cost of living in San Diego compared to Florida is outrageous. Good luck hope everything works out for you.
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I'm not moving. Its a remote job. Thats the point theyd have to pay a California person 120k but id be happy with much less.
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The answer is sometimes less important than the way you carry yourself and your tone. Agree with the honesty idea, and the “you were on my target list” idea - if there big enough to have warranted anyone targeting them. Suggest keeping answers relatively brief but not wishy-washy, flipfloppy, in areas your not comfortable with. Good luck
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Originally Posted by Brad1 View Post
Whatever you do, don't let this guy ^^^^ proof read your resume. Lol.

But professional growth is always a valid reason for making a job move.
Haha! Yep, got busted!! Not too swift typing with one finger on an iPad. But yeah, no editor.
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Originally Posted by SweetD View Post
You've researched the new company, and you feel like your opportunity to bring your experience to them, and at the same time better yourself/your career, is a win/win for both parties.
Good advice here.

Don’t mention compensation or remote work.

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