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Dancing the Counter Offer Tango: How to Glide Through with Grace and Grit

PJ Sherman | Dealing with counter offers
Dealing with a counter offer can be tricky...

Got a new job offer? Congratulations! Now sit tight, because the show's just beginning. You've just entered the thrilling, nerve-wracking, and occasionally confusing world of the counter offer tango.

So, you're there, basking in the glow of your shiny new job offer, ready to break out the champagne and toast to your exciting new venture. But then, like an unexpected plot twist in a daytime soap opera, your current employer swoops in, cape swirling, with a counter offer.

Now, being the irresistible talent that you are, it's no surprise they're pulling out all the stops to keep you. But this isn't a scene from a soap opera - this is your life and your career. So, buckle up, put on your dancing shoes, and let's navigate the counter offer tango together.

Step 1: The Backward Glance

You didn't wake up one day and decide to leave your job on a whim. There were reasons - probably a whole laundry list of them. So, take a backward glance. Remember why you wanted to leave. Can a pay rise really solve all those problems? If the answer is no, then perhaps it's time to bow out of this dance gracefully.

Step 2: The Forward Pivot

Then, take a forward pivot. What are your career aspirations? Is this counter offer a ticket to your dream job or just a golden shackle keeping you tied to a post? Remember, it's not always about the money. The sparkle of a bigger salary can be quite dazzling, but don't let it blind you to other important factors like growth opportunities, work-life balance, and job satisfaction.

Step 3: The Side Eye

Finally, give your employer the side eye. Okay, not literally, but think about what accepting this counter offer might mean for your future relationship. Will your boss still trust your commitment, or will they now see you as the one who tried to run away? Could this affect your future opportunities within the company?

Remember, you're the lead in this dance of your career. The steps you choose should lead you towards your long-term goals.

So, there you have it - the counter offer tango. It's a dance that requires thought, consideration, and a dash of strategic footwork. Just remember to keep your eyes on the prize - a career that makes you want to leap out of bed each morning (or at least after the second cup of coffee!).

To all you irresistible talents out there navigating your career journeys, remember this: it's your dance floor. Choose your steps wisely, dance to your own beat, and above all, enjoy the journey. And if you need a dance partner or a guide along the way, we're always here with more advice.

Now, shall we dance?

PJ Sherman | Recruitment advice | Procurement recruiter

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