What happens if my boss wants me to apply for a job I have no interest in?

I work in an accounting firm as a bookkeeper/payroll administrator, and my boss sells securities as well. He wants me to apply as an associate with the securities company. I have no interest in this job he wants me to apply for, which includes a background check and some very personal questions that I would rather not answer because they aren't relevent to my current job. So how do I tell him that I have no interest in this job without him getting all pissy about it?

Asked By: Kelly - 10/3/2007
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I'd tell him how flattered I am that a person of his calibre regards me as the kind of person that would excell at something so intricate and advanced but te truth is I wouldnt do well and between payroll/bookeeper duties and the securities position, I'd be straining myself to the max and I am the kinf of perosn that... More
Answered By: GG - 10/3/2007
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Keep in mind that ONLY he stands to gain from this career move. "I have thought it over and thought it over...and it just isn't for me. I think it's great that you do this on the side and everything but like I said, it's not for me!"
Answered By: Alletery - 10/3/2007
He may see this as a promotion and to turn it down might mean lack of opportunity and raises in the future. Are you sure you aren't just hesitating because you are scared of change?
Answered By: dragonfly_3 - 10/3/2007
There's no reason why he should be upset if you decide not to pursue this position other than, as Alletery pointed out, he'll lose out on whatever bonus he'd get for singing you up. Thank him for considering you, then tell him that it's just not something you're interested in. If he persists, or if he retaliates... More
Answered By: Vicster - 10/3/2007
Since you have no control over how your boss may or may not react to your answer, you need to make OK whatever the reaction is. That said, your boss obviously considers you a talented and valuable employee by offering you this opportunity. Your boss thinks you would be successful doing this. However, since this is... More
Answered By: cwald888 - 10/5/2007
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