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Salary Envy Generator

Why just leave a job when you can leave behind envious co-workers?
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Many career choices allow unlimited job changes and maybe a few increases in salary along the way. Negotiation with a new employer can often get you a few percentage points increase, or throw a couple of extra bucks into your biweekly paycheck.

This halfbaked idea won't add anything to your new paycheck, but it will make those you leave behind think you have gotten a significant raise.

Here is how it works.

Because you are reading your personal e-mail at work and the new employer will send their offer via e-mail, all you have to do is "touch-up" their offer to make it look as though you "hit the jackpot".

If the offer is in the body of the e-mail, simply copy the e-mail, paste it into your favorite word processor, "modify" the salary (and terms if you want that added punch) and print a copy.

If the offer is in an attached word processor file, open it, modify it as above, and print a copy.

Now you may be asking what is the big deal? How on earth does this have any impact on your co-workers self-esteem?

The answer is really quite simple. You may notice in the instructions above I said to print a copy of your (revised) salary offer, but I never said "now go to the printer and pick up your printout". And in that simple oversight on your part, the next, or several of the next users of the printer will see and read just how many big bucks you will be taking home on that new job.

End result: C-W. S. E. (Co-worker Salary Envy)

FrankTownend, May 30 2011

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       And if you're self-employed, you could leave these lying around the home office to cheer yourself up.
mouseposture, May 30 2011
  

       This could be turned more square-on to the island of your advantage.   

       Simply fabricate a reply to a rival company, saying that you very much appreciate their most generous offer (particularly the salary, which you are flattered to note is some 23% higher than your current figure), but that your loyalty to your present employer cannot, regrettably, be bought.   

       This makes much more sense, since why would you be printing out a letter which you had received by email?
MaxwellBuchanan, May 30 2011
  

       @mouseposture - True about cheering yourself up, but the impact falls every so slightly short. I guess you can really increase the vacation allowance and take a day off while charging your customer.   

       @MaxwellBuchanan - What no one prints emails? You haven't worked where I have. I see what you did there. In your scenario you aren't even job hunting but are looking for a little something more from your current employer. I think to make this work you have to make sure your current employer thinks you did nothing to solicit this offer. You have to make their letter look almost like a cold call. I've seen job offers backfire when the current employer thinks you "are already gone" in you mind. If the offer doesn't pan out, you can even be labeled damaged goods.
FrankTownend, Jul 24 2011
  
      
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