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Current senior. Can I straight up say no to a project? Fought hard to get a roll off and now being approached by a Sm for a very similar project not in my area of interest/practice.

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Do you have a backup project to keep you utilized through COVID?

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Now, no. We’re in a crisis and the fact you have a job should be enough. When times are good, you have more leverage to be selective. Being difficult now would make you a likely candidate should reductions he needed. Just be happy you’re billable. NOTE: I’m assuming you do not have a billable option to replace this with in your area of interest.

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I have a feeling you work for me

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Tricky situation needing handled with care. If you have a backup project confirmed (then no issue), if you have one but it’s not confirmed - get it confirmed ASAP. If you don’t have anything else, in this current climate it might be best to accept it with the caveat it’s not your area but you want to be utilised etc. Not the best of times to be on the bench!

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To add, yep you can straight up say no but be sure as hell to have an explanation to back it up!

Also curious about this as Im rolling off my first proj soon

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Do I go through my experience manger or directly tell the Sm?

I’ve totally ignored randos trying to staff me when trying to have something I want lined up. But as others said, top priority should be utilization right now

Talk to your counselor too

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