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How can I negoatiate for a title change to go along with the supervisory work I've been doing?

I am in a situation at work where I possess the necessary skill set to supervise on a project management level to junior technicians. My problem lies in the fact that the employer does not want to officially recognize this supervision, because it would mean I could argue for a raise when the company says it cannot afford one at this time. I would appreciate advice on how to get the official recognition without the raise. My long-term goal is to switch into supervision/management and will concede the raise for the concession of supervising experience.

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This kind of maneuver will require you to obtain some backing or support from your own management -- at the very least, from your immediate supervisor. The best way to handle this kind of thing is to ask for an informal meeting -- like inviting your boss to lunch or something similar (you pick up the tab) -- and laying things on the line with him or her. If you can get the support you need, you may be able to make a deal for an informal appointment (like an "acting supervisor" title rather than a promotion/raise situation) instead of a formal appointment. You will want to stress your long-term goals and objectives with this person so they understand what you're after in the short term and the long term. But without some help from the management side, you may have to settle for the experience without either the title or the pay.

Good luck!
--Ed--

This was first published in December 2002

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