Preparing for Your Counter-Offer

Many times, when a candidate submits his/her letter of resignation to accept a new position, his/her current employer will attempt to offer a higher salary or a more generous benefits package to entice the candidate to stay. The following are 10 reasons why NOT to accept this type of offer. 
  • You have made your employer think that you are unhappy. From this day forward your loyalty will always be in question.
  • When promotion time comes around, your employer will remember who is loyal and who is not.
  • When times get tough, your employer will begin cutbacks with you.
  • Accepting a counter offer is an insult to your intelligence and a blow to you personal pride: you were bought.
  • Where is the money for the counter offer coming from? All companies have wage and salary guidelines which must be followed. Is this your next raise early?
  • Your company will immediately start looking for a new person at a cheaper price.
  • The same circumstances that now cause you to consider a change will repeat themselves in the future, even if you accept a counter offer.
  • Statistics show that if you accept a counter offer, the probability of voluntarily leaving in six months or being let go in one year is extremely high.
  • Once the word gets out, the relationship that you now enjoy with your co-workers will never be the same. You will lose the personal satisfaction of peer group acceptance.
  • What type of company do you work for that you have to threaten to resign before they give you what you are worth.

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