should I accept a job counter offerThis question comes up more often than not. A person will launch their job search and go through the interview process with another company. If all goes well they receive a job offer, accept the offer, and resign from their current role. Sounds great, right?

Unfortunately, when you decide to accept a new job opportunity and give your resignation your current employer may present you with a counter offer. Maybe they offer you a promotion or a raise to stay at the company. Should you take the counter offer?

What you should really be asking yourself is what prompted you to start looking for a new position in the first place?  Did you want more money?  Was the company going through some changes?  Was the commute getting to you?  Did you not get along with your manager? Was it affecting your quality of life?  Whatever the reason, keep it in mind as you consider the new job offer and the counter offer.

Here are 12 reasons you should not accept a counter offer.

1. You needed to bring your resignation to your manager’s attention in order for them to consider giving you a raise.

2. Where is the money for the counter offer coming from?  Are you just receiving your next pay raise early?  Almost all companies have strict wage and salary guidelines which must be followed so you may be only getting an early raise.

3. If you accept the counter offer, your company may start looking for your replacement and potentially let you go sooner rather than later.

4.  You have now made your employer aware that you are unhappy.  From this day on, your loyalty will always be in question.

5. The same circumstances that caused you to consider a change in the first place will probably repeat themselves in the future even if you accept the counter offer.

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