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What's the best way to break this to my manager when the time comes?

I am a sales associate for an electronics store in the busiest airport in the world...we hit about $1 million a year in sales from a little store. I am one of 5 employees, two of which are the store manager and assistant manager. I am the only full-time worker, and the other two are part-time sales associates. I was there for about 6-8 months working full-time hours before they made me officially full-time, because they couldn't have a part-time worker working nearly 40 hours per week and still being "part-time". Then, when I did become full-time...I saw that our benefits apparently take 6 months to become active, after your change to full-time. Apparently in between for that 6 months, they take out money for the insurance...which is total bs. I declined the insurance. I make not quite $9/hr...my states' minimum wage is $7.55 an hour. I have no desire to move up to a supervisor or manager position at that company...they want too much for too little pay. I have years of experience in retail electronics sales, and there are other competitor companies in the airport who sell similar items. One of which I've heard starts at $11/hour and above, based on your experience. What is the best way to be nice about it and break this to my manager if I get a job at one of the new places? I've secretly seen her "reviews" of me, and she wrote to her district and area manager in her report that she "really admired" how I do my closing duties in a step-by-step process so that absolutely everything (even little things) are done when she comes in the next morning. The assistant manager and other two employees do not put in that much effort. Frankly, it's making me weary. I close the store alone, do all the stocking, pricing, bank deposit info, etc. Essentially, I am a "keyholder" that knows how to do everything, but bears the "sales associate" title. Without sounding haughty or proud, I know for a fact that I am her best worker and she will miss me dearly (but only because it means she's stuck with a bunch of people who don't want to work hard) when I leave. When I work with her, I try to make her happy and laugh, to make her job a little easier and pass the time. I brought her fireworks from another state for her and her family to enjoy, when I recently got some or my own a while back...so I've pretty much been her go-to person voluntarily. I need more money...I have like $15K worth of dental work that I need done. I know "how" to give notice via letter, etc. This is just an awkward situation and she'll be mad, though it's about what is best for me...not her.

Asked By: JMR - 7/7/2010
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Of course, you have to do what you got to do my friend. And it sound like you are underpaid considering the effort that you put in for the company. Like what you said it is whats best for you and not for her.
Answered By: jay_ed09 - 7/7/2010
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