It’s early morning, your phone rings…
Maybe you’re having breakfast with your family, drinking a coffee, or you’re in the middle of your morning commute.
You answer – “Hello?”
It’s the recruiter who's been managing your applications, or maybe the company you applied to directly.
“…I’ve got the feedback on your last interview… Yeah, they’d like to offer you the role…”
You listen to the offer – it’s exactly what you were after. This company/team wants to work with you.
You’re at work. The paperwork arrives in your personal inbox. You sign, send it back and write your letter of resignation. You head to your Manager’s office, ready to hand in your notice.
You’re speaking with your Manager and you hand over your notice – “I’ve accepted another role, I’m actually really excited about it, I think it’s really going to challenge me…”
Your Manager hands the letter of resignation back to you.
“…We’d like to offer you a promotion… It comes with a significant pay increase…”
It’s good money, it might even be more money than your new role was offering… more money is always good. Right?
Take a moment and think. A pay rise wasn't the only reason you started looking for another role. There were problems that couldn’t be answered that lead to you taking that call from a recruiter. Before you started looking, you tried to fix these, they were deal-breakers. They couldn’t be fixed, you started searching.
You shouldn’t settle for less than you want or deserve.
That alone should be enough of a reason not to accept that counter offer. But money is always attractive, so, here are some more reasons why you shouldn’t accept it:
Don’t settle for a consolation prize, because ultimately that’s what a counter offer is. The real prize is that role you wanted and fought for, with a company who have chosen you over other people.
You pass your signed resignation letter back to your Manager, meet their eyes, smile…
“…No, thank you…”