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I am a senior account executive and I am really happy where I am working right now. Management recognises my work, my projects are all running well and there are constantly new challenges. I also just received a pay raise. My only complaint is that work can get overwhelming and requests to hire even one more person will fall on deaf ears.

Recently I have had another company “counter-offering” me (increasing what they initially offered because of my company’s pay raise) and upping the stakes.

I feel really caught now because someone else is actually willing to pay me more to get me over to do a more specialised and official regional role with as many opportunities. I am comfortable where I am, but the question is, should I stay in my comfort zone or should I go?

The Aquent Oracle says

Dear senior account executive,

It seems that your question in fact contains several sub-questions within it. Are you concerned about the possibility of new challenges in a new role? Perhaps it’s the opportunity for exposure into a more specialised and regional position? Are you feeling overwhelmed due to the lack of team support? Are you afraid to step outside your comfort zone? Or is it really all about money?

From an outsider’s point of view it appears that you are happy in your current role, so you need to ask yourself whether you would even be thinking about moving if your employer hired someone else to assist you. What you want to avoid is getting caught in a bidding war between your current employer and a potential suitor. This is still fairly easy to avoid as from what I can gather you haven’t actually resigned from your job.

So you really need to take a step back and assess what is really luring you to think about another role right now. What prompted you to enter into discussions with the other firm in the first place? Would they really appreciate and recognise you more than your current employer? Please try to remember that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side just because you may be earning more. Whatever you do, don’t rush into anything. Be objective in your decision making…

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