I have a job interview next Friday at another municipality. I am pretty good at interviews and my experience probably will put me in a favourable position in landing the job. But I'm conflicted about whether, if offered, I would even accept the job.
I really like the job I'm in right now, and I love my boss... best boss I've ever had. The co-workers are great. But the corporate culture here is changing and becoming more bureaucratic and rigid. Lots of new policies from HR governing employees, which are really starting to cause morale problems. Also, the community is the most expensive community in the area to live, but it is not interested in keeping up with the salaries of other cities in the area (or even with the inflation rate some years). So I applied for another job with about the same duties as I have now, supervising the same number of people that I do now, but the salary STARTS where my current salary grid ENDS. In a matter of a few years I can be bringing in $20,000 more than I do now. That's a big difference in my household.
I was wondering if in the public sector anyone has been offered another job and has used it as a point of negotiation for a higher salary in their current job. Also, what can you negotiate when going into a new job other than salary (since my current vacation rate is better than what would be a the new job)? Although I'm an excellent negotiator when it comes to development and planning, I totally suck when it comes to negotiating salaries or trying to put a value on my abilities.
Other background info: the commute will be longer (about 35 - 45 minutes each way) and I will not be able to carpool with BME as much. There also may be more night meetings than I have now (which is almost next to none).
Advice and accounts of your own experiences are greatly appreciated.