Resigning from a job is often easier said than done, even when you are suffering from being burned out, and have already found an opportunity that fits you better. It’s not uncommon to feel a bit reluctant at first due to the unpredictable nature of opening a new door in your professional life. Candidates sometimes start to get cold feet in the hiring process and become susceptible to counteroffers. The counteroffer makes them feel loved and wanted by their employer. Therefore, you should always have a response prepared for any counteroffer that they present to you. Although the higher salary might seem enticing at first, accepting counteroffers should be avoided at all costs. Here are some reasons why:

  • It shows that the company doesn’t value you or has taken advantage of you over time. Beware of employers that only offer you a raise once you want to leave. This is a standard corporate response that indicates that they don’t want to deal with the fallout of you leaving or any work disruptions after you’re gone. It’s also a sign that the company is being selfish or desperate. In spite of them seeming sincere in their attempts to retain you, they’re only worried about current and upcoming projects. The company is only thinking about their current shortages of resources, or talent in this case. Their thoughts aren’t on YOU, and the issues that may have led up to you quitting, they’re on other prerogatives like unfinished work, lack of productivity from your departure, etc.
  • If you stay, they think you won’t be loyal. The company’s leadership will always be second guessing your long-term commitment to their mission. In a majority of cases, you’ll be replaced quickly even after you accept a counteroffer. The company will become proactive in quietly searching for other candidates with similar qualifications to fill your position.
  • There are too many differences between you and your employer. Basically, it should never get to the point of a counteroffer. This typically indicates that there are too many differences between you and your employer to reconcile.
  • The issues that made you want to leave won’t change. Even though your boss will likely offer you an attractive sum of money, it’s just as unlikely that they will consider any of the other issues that might really be the reason for your resignation such as a toxic work culture, lack of promotion, bad communication, and a poor work-life balance.

As frustrated and angry as you may be with your current employer, it’s just as important not to burn any bridges, and to leave on good terms. Remember to keep the details concerning your departure concise and general in nature. In addition to an official letter of resignation, it’s also a best practice to inform your boss in person before telling your respective colleagues of your plans. Professional recruiters can help you thoroughly weigh the pros and cons concerning counteroffers.


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