by Austin Brislen | 22 September 2016
So you have been through the interview process, met your new boss, met other members of the team, received and accepted their offer. All you need to do now is resign and let your current employer know you are leaving.
People who have never resigned from a job before, can sometimes think that resigning is just ‘going through the motions’ and straightforward .Occasionally, that may be the case but most of the time you have to be psychologically ready, determined and fired up to get yourself through a potential counter offer.
It is key to remember that the crux of a counter offer is not your boss throwing a few more pennies at you to get you to stay. It is actually the calculated and deliberate attempt by your employer to challenge your decision, your motivations and ultimately your sense of judgement (people have rightly described some counter offers as patronising!).
I don’t want to focus on the reasons you shouldn’t accept a counter offer, instead I’ll offer some tips about what to think about when sitting down with your boss…
- Always take your resignation letter with you for your first conversation to tell your boss you’re leaving, don’t wait until later on to do it. As not taking it in gives the impression that you are not that committed to your decision and will only encourage your boss to drag out the process by trying challenge your decision.
- Carefully select the reasons you will give your boss when they ask you why you’re leaving. You don’t have to leave on a bad note, so why sit there and moan at your boss about X & Y. When instead you could just keep it focused on the positives of your new role.
- Do not get involved in a tennis rally. This links to the point above, keep the reasons positive and short. If you say “I’m leaving because my new job at ‘Company X’ has better career progression opportunities” your boss will respond with “I’ve heard the career progression opportunities at ‘Company X’ are not that good” and you respond with “well my new job at ‘Company X’ has better career progression opportunities” and so on…
- Be strong and remember the reasons why you are doing this, let the positives of your new job overwhelm the negativity and guilt your current employer may try to pour over you in attempt to get you to stay!
- Importantly take everything they ‘promise’ you with a pinch of salt. Ask yourself why are they only doing this now? Are they doing this for themselves or for me?
Let’s be honest, resigning from your job isn’t the most exciting or enjoyable conversation you’re going to have, but don’t let nerves stop you from doing your preparation and giving yourself an easy ride.
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