DEAR ABBY: I am 23 years old and I adore my job and my boss. There is only one problem -- I must commute more than an hour each way, and the drive (especially with gas prices these days) is killing me.
I have been with the company for more than a year, and I recently heard that the parent corporation is hiring for a position similar to mine in the town that I live in. I desperately want to apply for the transfer, but I have no idea how to approach the subject with my boss, since I feel I owe her so much. She hired me for the position when I was fresh out of college with absolutely no experience.
Abby, help me! How do I ask to leave a job that I love? -- SATISFIED EMPLOYEE IN VALDOSTA, GA.
DEAR EMPLOYEE: You are confusing a business relationship with one that is personal. You are also not the first person to want to leave a job because the commute is tiring and expensive.
Go to your boss, tell her you heard a position is opening up close to home, and that you would like to transfer for the reasons you told me. Then ask if she will put in a good word for you. When she hears why you want to be closer to home, I'm sure she'll do it.