Q. I now am asked to supervise a few employees that were not part of my job description. Can I ask for more money for the added responsibility?
You should look at the added responsibility as a compliment to your abilities and not necessarily as a burden. If you are recently employed and asked to take on the added duties of supervision, I would recommend you wait a few months to see how it goes before asking how your compensation might be effected. If you are employed with the company for awhile, then I would ask how the new duties would effect your position and pay. Chances are employers are evaluating you before committing to giving you an increase. That’s okay for a few months, but any longer without mention of a raise, I would book a meeting and find out what the plan is.
Q. I don’t have an office and work out of a cubicle. How do I ask for an office?
Depending on the confidential nature of your job, you could make a business case for needing more privacy. Companies are less likely to give out offices as they either have strict rules on who gets an office, i.e., based on seniority, position, physical location, etc., unless you can provide a good business case. If your job requires you to deal with highly sensitive and confidential information then you might have a good reason for needing an office. If you are just looking for a better view or to show up your co-workers, think of other creative ways to add more privacy, like plants and screens to get the atmosphere you are after.
Q. What if I was offered one salary when I accepted the job and they decided to change it after I started?
You have a serious problem on your hands. Make sure that you didn’t misunderstand the compensation for example, was part of your salary made up of base plus some kind of bonus or other incentive? If not, and the employer decided it did not want to pay you what it originally offered you, then you need to decide whether it’s the right work place for you, raise a formal complaint to Human Resources or someone in authority, or just accept it and start looking for another job. Whatever the choice, you need to stand up for yourself and do what is best for you.
Q. What if they are not clear on whom I will report to, should I still take the job?
If you don’t know to whom you will report to when you accept a job offer chances are there is trouble in paradise. It’s not wise to take a job if you are not sure who your boss will be. Understanding your job role, working with someone you like and making sure you are set up to succeed are dependent largely in part to who you ultimately work for. Not knowing that on the way in the door is a sign that there is trouble in the organization, lack of leadership or corporate direction all of which could play havoc with your career choices no matter how far down the food chain you are.
Q. How do I tell a prospective employer I do not want to take a decrease in title?
You should be clear on your work history and job progression during an interview. Getting caught up on “titles” this day an age is a mistake. The value and importance of titles differs from company to company. So before you settle on being a Director when you were an SVP don’t panic. If they are paying you what your worth then there are ways around spinning any changes in your job title. Don’t get too connected to your title, like most things they are subject to change.