Should I Take a Better Title or Better Pay?

Dear CC: My job search has yielded two offers-one with a

great title that, on the face of it, puts me in a different league, and another

with "associate" attached that pays 20 percent more. Responsibilities

are similar. Which do I take?

CC's people have an old saying: Nem di gelt. Take the

money. The responsibilities are the key here, because on your next résumé and

interview, you'll be stressing the duties you're performing, not the title.

Most bosses know titles are "fluid"-aka BS-and what you do and what

you're paid will demonstrate your higher level.

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