How to Handle a Counter Offer

So what do you do if you resign and your employer decides to counter offer you a more attractive salary or overall job package in order to persuade you to stay.

Examine your initial reasons for wanting to make a change, particularly if it was due to more than money. Most of us are easily flattered and the offer of more money coupled with colleagues saying “please don’t leave, the place won’t be the same without you” can easily make you forget the reasons you wanted to leave in the first place. If this is the case, then it is likely you will return to those same issues if you accept a counter offer. If you have a dilemma it is a good idea to list out the pros and cons for each opportunity and discuss these with someone whose opinion you value.

Don’t feel guilty as it is important to do what is right for you. Take time if you need it and if you want an easy way through this just say “I am sorry but I have already accepted the offer with A Software Company and it would now be unethical for me to renege on my word”.

Once you have made a decision, stick to it and handle the situation in a professional and courteous way for the benefit of all parties concerned.

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