Offer & Counter Offers

Getting to the point of a job offer is ultimately what everyone wants. Negotiating a contract of employment is an important part of the job selection process and one that must be handled with a great degree of professionalism and caution.

During the interview process you should have already discussed your remuneration package, leaving it until after receiving your contract is often a poor signal of your ability to negotiate and communicate. If, when you receive your offer, it is not what you discussed, contact the company immediately and discuss it professionally. Inform them as quickly as possible on your decision to accept or decline the job offer.

If declining an offer, give reasons why but be professional and constructive, don't have a rant and don't burn any bridges.

Inform your employer as quickly as possible on your decision to accept or decline the job offer.

Resigning and the Counter-Offer.

Handing in your resignation can be a daunting task. We urge all candidates to first consider the consequences of their actions and to plan their resignation carefully.

Prior to your resignation, meet with your line manager to discuss your development and promotional opportunities together with time scales, future salary and career expectations. You need an honest view of your future career potential within your current organisation before making a final decision to leave. Consider your options and make the decision that's best for you and inform all parties quickly.

Above all, be professional, remember this is a business transaction.

In summary:-

  • Plan your resignation.
  • Decide who you need to inform and how you intend to handle it. Prepare what you are going to say, you could be in for a tough ride.
  • Plan your timing.
  • Ensure that you inform your employer before telling anyone else. Give your employer the opportunity to decide how they want to inform the staff, customers, suppliers, etc.
  • Never be vindictive, no matter what your personal reasons are.
  • Give your reasons for leaving, but be objective, employers will often respect you for this and you can learn from them.
  • Always attempt to leave on good terms, this keeps your options open, never burn any bridges or close any doors behind you. "All that goes around, comes around" & "be kind to people on the way up as you might meet them on the way down." Are two well-known sayings that have a profound bearing on your future prospects.
  • Never play brinkmanship with your employer, it may backfire. Resigning is the last chance for an employer to retain your talents and should not be undertaken unless you are prepared to go through with it.
  • Be careful of counter-offers made to you by your current employer as these are often only knee jerk reactions to make you stay. Your employer needs to know your reasons for wanting to leave and has to address all your concerns before you should consider staying. Get any agreements made in writing!


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