Dear CC: I recently had an opportunity to take another job,
but my current company countered. Now my office buddies are all asking me the "Did
they give you a lot more money?" question (they did), and I just don't know how
to answer it.
Never, ever discuss salary with your work pals; somebody
always leaves that conversation unhappy. Of course, they know something
happened to keep you there. When they ask, resist the Cheshire Cat smile that
screams "20 percent bump." Instead, CC recommends the self-deprecating eye roll
and a simple, "Hey, now I can pay off my credit card."