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Would I burn bridges by accepting more pay and turning down a new job?

Johnny C. Taylor Jr.

Johnny C. Taylor Jr. tackles your human resources questions as part of a series for USA TODAY. Taylor is president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest HR professional society and author of “Reset: A Leader’s Guide to Work in an Age of Upheaval.”

The questions are submitted by readers, and Taylor’s answers below have been edited for length and clarity.

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Question: Upon turning in my notice at my job, my employer offered me a salary increase of 10% above my pending position and 27% above my current position. Is this a common practice? If accepted, would I burn a bridge with the prospective employer? – Lidia

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