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Giving Your Notice? Expect A Counteroffer
by Robin Eads

So you've interviewed for that dream job and gotten an offer. Congratulations! Time to give your notice to your current employer. How will your boss take the news? Maybe he or she will begin looking for your replacement; however, there is a good chance they will make a counteroffer to persuade you to stay.

Here is what you need to know about counteroffers:

- Don't flatter yourself, it has nothing to do with your skills/abilities. The likely reason you got the counteroffer is to buy your boss some time to find your replacement. Everyone is expendable.

- Counteroffers never work. Ever. Once you have given notice, you are seen as "disloyal" and no matter what your employer says they will replace you at the first opportunity.

- They may make more than one counteroffer! No matter how many times they beg you to stay, it's still going to end in you being unemployed.

Additionally, it's always best to keep the name of your new employer private. Some people will go to great lengths to impede your success if they feel a need for vindication.

Published: Nov 18,2008 15:51
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