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Resignation Preparation and Counteroffers
It is wise to furnish a formal resignation letter to your current employer. This shows that you have thoroughly thought out your decision to make a career change and writing the letter will make your resignation easier.
There's a psychological reason for them to counteroffer you. Does your current employer want you to stay because it is the best thing for you or for them? You've been handling the job for them and have certainly caught them by surprise. Naturally they want you to stay. However, the only one to benefit by your staying is the company. Your long term career is certainly of the greatest importance.
If they're not expecting your resignation and they don't have the talent to replace you, it's good business to make a counteroffer and "buy" you for the time it takes to find your replacement. You have to be firm with them up front that you've made a decision and aren't interested in a counteroffer.
60% of all management people who accept counteroffers are terminated or quit within 6 months for one reason or another - think about it. The relationship you have with the company deteriorates and is never the same. They'll always remember that you accepted another position.
Don't let them lay a guilt trip on you. Don't let them play on your emotions. Keep your emotions out of it. The reasons why you're leaving are the reasons around which a counteroffer will be made. Don't let them tell you that you can't leave.
It's a direct insult to your professional ability if they make a counteroffer. Why didn't they recognize your talents and contributions until now? Companies don't change their ways. Imagine how long it's going to be before they even consider giving you another raise or promotion.
The move to our client is calculated to escalate your career potential. They are anticipating your arrival and are counting on you. You've made a professional commitment to our client and to yourself; don't let a hastily prepared counteroffer sway your career decision.
You’ve made a commitment and your new company is relying on you. If you receive a counteroffer say, "No, I've made my decision and I've made a commitment".

10 Reasons For Not Accepting A Counteroffer
1. You have now made your employer aware that you are unhappy. From this day on, your loyalty will always be in question.
2. When promotion time comes around, your employer will remember who was loyal and who was not.
3. When times get tough, your employer will begin the cutbacks with you.
4. Accepting a counteroffer is an insult to your intelligence and a blow to your personal pride: you were bought.
5. Where is the money for the counter-offer coming from? All companies have wage and salary guidelines which must be followed. Is it your next raise early?
6. Your company probably will immediately start looking for a new person at a cheaper price.
7. The same circumstances that now cause you to consider a change will repeat themselves in the future, even if you accept a counteroffer.
8. Statistics show that if you accept a counteroffer, the probability of voluntarily leaving or being let go in six months is extremely high.
9. Once the word gets out, the relationship that you now enjoy with your co-workers will never be the same. You will lose the personal satisfaction of peer group acceptance.
10. What type of company do you work for if you have to threaten to resign before they give you what you are worth?




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