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How to Handle a Counter Job Offer

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The information below is not intended to be rigid regarding how to handle counter job offers.  Rather, it is a set of discussions and observations based upon executive search activities conducted by Mid America Search over the past 45 plus years.  Our seasoned recruiters have dealt with counter offers numerous times since our Candidates are generally considered blue-chip and extremely valued staff members to their current employer; thus, that employer often seeks out guidance on how to counter a job offeror how to counter offer a job offer.  Handling counter job offers obviously can be approached in several ways.

The discussion below is meant to have the reader think about the process at hand.  In addition, it is intended to set the seriousness of the process and assist in preparing for how to handle counter offers.  Counter offers may come in the form of a job counter offer letter.

In the process of transitioning in your career, unexpected experiences can occur; and, a counter job offer may be one of them.  Should a counter job offer present itself, one needs to give serious thought as to how to handle it.

  • How to Handle Counter Job Offer:
    • Should your current employer counter-offer you to stay within their company or organization, the safest thing to do is to let your current employer know you appreciate their offer; however, you have made your decision.
    • That is how you handle a counter offer.
  • Based on our experience, the following are some of the reasons not to accept a counter-job offer:
    • Often you are leaving your current employer for reasons that are not monetary such as lack of growth opportunity, personality conflict, etc.
    • If your current employer only recognizes your value or needs because of another employer making you an offer, that will likely not change in the future.
    • You run the risk of your current employer, making an offer to keep you, while possibly your current employer looks for your replacement.
    • If you accept a counter-offer, you run the risk that other future employers will not consider you as a candidate because you are known to have used an offer to get a salary increase in the past.

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