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Moving on when your unit is closed

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Q. I’ve learned that my company will shut down my unit. The firm claims it would like to keep me on in some other capacity, but there’s nothing available. I’ve enjoyed working here and I’d like to consider other opportunities within the firm. I believe I could negotiate some sort of incentive package to stay on. Any suggestions?

A. Explain to your boss that you prefer not to wait around until a job opens up, as much as you’d like to remain with the company.

Then, instead of trying to negotiate some short-term arrangement to stay amid all the uncertainty, redirect your energy into finding a better position with another company. Once you land a stable, higher-paying job outside, you can plot your career from a position of greater strength and leverage.

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