6 years ago
September 7, 2018

What Happens When You Accept a Counteroffer?

So, you’ve decided it’s time to move on. You are not happy in your current job. Maybe it’s because there is a lack of job growth and opportunity, or maybe…

Claire McConnachie Recruiter
Claire McConnachie

So, you’ve decided it’s time to move on. You are not happy in your current job. Maybe it’s because there is a lack of job growth and opportunity, or maybe it’s because you want more money. You meet with your boss and give them your notice that you will be leaving the company. You’re ready to take the next step in your career and take a new job. That is, until you receive a counteroffer.

A counteroffer causes many sales professionals to re-think their next career move. Should they leave? Or should they stay? If your company makes the effort to provide a counteroffer and keep you, it’s worth staying, right? Maybe.

Let’s take a look at what often happens when sales recruiters and professionals accept a counteroffer and stay with their current employer:

1. The same job once the dust settles

Once you accept the counteroffer and you agree to more money or job terms, once the dust settles, you are still at the same job, working with the same people, in the same work environment. A counteroffer often makes people forget the reason why they were looking for a new job – and this reason could pop up again in the future.

2. Fractured trust

Once you’ve expressed your intent to leave the company, it will have an impact on your relationship with your peers and your boss. People may not be as trusting of you as they once were, especially if you were planning to go work for a competitor.

3. Issues persist

More often than not, your employer will give you a raise and promise they will fix the issues that made you want to leave. However, more often than not, those promises get broken. Things change for a short time and then they revert back.

4. Less job security

Expressing your desire to leave and then staying makes you a lame duck. You may have less job security. If cutbacks or layoffs become a reality, the odds are you will be on the top of the list because you’ve already made it clear you are willing to leave the company.


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Claire McConnachie Recruiter

Claire McConnachie

Claire has 4+ years of experience in sales and recruitment. As a Director of Client Services, her main objective is to connect great people to great companies by building strong relationships with both top clients and candidates in the sales industry. She specializes in sales roles of all seniority levels for both enterprise and start-up clients North American wide. When Claire isn't networking with top talent, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling and spending time with friends & family.