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Hi! I’ve had a few recruiters reach out about roles that look very exciting but I’m really worried about leaving my current role before my 401K vests in early summer. I just feel it may be fiscally irresponsible, although I’m ready to leave. Is there a right way to bring this up with recruiters for either a work-around, or so I can keep the relationship going and be on their radar?

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It’s so hard to hire now, it’s possible you could negotiate a signing bonus for a net amount close to what you’d be giving up.

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I know someone who just did this successfully. When the comp conversation happens, you can honestly say you’re excited about the role but you would lose $X if you left before you’re vested, and ask if they’d be willing to give you a signing bonus in that same amount. It worked for my friend!

You should know how much money is at stake when you have conversations with recruiters now. More than likely, they are working to fill open roles now. Those specific roles may not be available in early summer. (But then again, there may be future openings.) If you are moving as a Sr. Copywriter or even the next level up, odds are good there may not be a workaround. You lose nothing by continuing to have conversations now. But be clear. Seems like it’s a calculation about opportunity cost. The money vs. impact of new job before vesting.

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Just wait (unless it’s killing your mental health to stay). Get the vesting then look. You can start looking April 1 for a June hire, which is just. 2+ months away. Unemployment is at zero, your prospects should be just as good in 2 mos as they are now.

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