/ Asked by Jake
When I graduated from University I joined a competitive leadership development program. Three years later I am at the same band-level as when I started, with the same promise of rapid career advancement. I have been getting stellar reviews but no guarantee for career growth. I recently received a competitive external offer and now I have a dilemma- can I use this as leverage for a promotion?
Answered by Amber, Hiring Expert at DuPont, on Thursday, March 14, 2019
Congratulations on your offer! You can absolutely use it to leverage a promotion with your current role. However, ask yourself which role would be more fulfilling and beneficial to your career. This is an ideal time to talk to your leadership about the career advancement you have been promised at your current role, while informing them that you have received another offer. Seeking an offer, purely for leverage, would not be recommended mainly because it wastes a lot of people's time and expectations. However, if it happens organically I think it is necessary to discuss with your current employer before accepting the offer. 
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, March 18, 2019
When push comes to shove, you are entirely responsible for your own career.  So seeking out a new job when the old one is no longer a good fit, for whatever reason, is your responsibility.  But so is making sure your reputation in your industry doesn't take a hit in the process.  I have been told, even in my own career, that sometimes to move up you have to move out.  I don't know that I love that, as I want to be appreciated for my awesome in the business I'm in, but if you're banging your head against the ceiling, you may need to find another roof. 
Now let's talk about leverage.  As you grow in your career your future prospects are going to be more and more based on your network and reputation.  You don't want people to think of you as someone who wastes people's time or jumps ship at the first slightly better offer, but you should absolutely know what your value is in the market. 
Open communication with your current leadership is the best way to handle this.  Lay it out in a fair and concise way: here is what I've been doing/goals I've been meeting, here is what I would like to be doing/earning, here is what I've been offered elsewhere.  Your current company can then share if they see it the same way.  If they don't want to give you more money/prestige, you will have the option of moving on with the external offer.  If they do, you can decide what is best for you.  Just be sure to read the room, offers tend to have expiration dates and you want to use just the right amount of pressure to advance positively.
Best of luck!
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