Advice from a Manager: How To Deal With a Counter Job Offer
So, you got the job offer you’ve wanted for weeks, submitted your resignation to your current employer and started preparing for your new role. Then, suddenly, your employer offers you a job or salary counteroffer throwing a spanner in the works. Do you stay or do you go?
This can be overwhelming. Feelings of confusion, emotion, and pressure can impact your decision.
General Manager of Red Diamond Recruitment, Carol Mosby, has over 20 years of experience in recruitment and headhunting and has encountered this situation several times in her career here. She shares her advice on how to deal with a counteroffer…
Ask Yourself, Why Did You Consider a New Job Role?
Think back to when you first applied for the new job role. What made you click ‘apply’?
Take some time to think about your decision.
Inform your employer that you will take time to consider their offer; give yourself at least a couple of days.
Weigh up your options, write a list or go somewhere you can think in peace. I find that I do my best thinking when on a walk or away from distractions.
Speak to people who have your best interest at heart, I always find speaking to my family helps me gain a fresh perspective on a situation. These people know you well and will help you make a rational decision that will benefit you and your career.
Now, the ball is in your court. This is your time to ask questions. Ask if you’d have been offered this pay rise if you were not planning to resign.
Do not be afraid to ask about your next promotion. Will there be further opportunities for you if you choose to stay? You do not want to be stuck in a role with the same salary for years to come.
What Is Best For You Long-Term?
Now you have weighed up your options and asked the critical questions, now is the time to think about the future, specifically your future at the company.
Think about where the best opportunity lies. Can you progress further in your new role? From personal experience, I have learned that the only way to progress further in your career is by trusting your gut instinct and taking yourself out of your comfort zone – this is how I got to where I am today.
Why You Speak to Friends And Family About A Job Offer
Speaking to friends and family about a job offer can provide valuable insights and feedback that can help you make an informed decision about whether to accept the offer. Here are some reasons why you should consider talking to your loved ones about a job offer:
Gain a different perspective: Your friends and family may offer a unique perspective you hadn’t considered before. They may ask questions or raise concerns you hadn’t thought of, which can help you make a more informed decision.
Get emotional support: Deciding whether to accept a job offer can be stressful and overwhelming. Speaking with supportive friends and family members can help you process your feelings and gain emotional support.
Evaluate the company culture: Your loved ones may have had experiences working for the company or know someone who has. They can provide insights into the company culture, which can help you determine if it’s a good fit for you.
Consider your priorities: Your friends and family know you well and can help you evaluate whether the job offer aligns with your preferences and values.
Speaking to friends and family about a job offer can help you make a more informed decision and provide emotional support during the decision-making process.