Congratulations! Out of all the people interviewed, you have been chosen. This is something to feel good about. You have had the courage to leave the old and comfortable behind and accept new challenges. This too, is something to feel good about. You’ve earned this opportunity, but it is only an opportunity. It’s time to focus on the job ahead and make it happen. As you meet new challenges and gain new experiences, your career will continue to accelerate. Congratulations, you’re on your way.
Following is an article about the do’s and don’ts of resigning from your current employer. This can be a tricky subject because your current employer may tend to read all sorts of things into your resignation. In such a close knit business, it is to your advantage not to burn any bridges. It is also important to keep a positive relationship with your current employer because you may need them for references in a future job change (hopefully, not any time soon). Many have benefitted from the advice in this article and hopefully it will help you through what can be a touchy time.
There is also an article about counteroffers. Generally, when someone resigns from a company, the company is caught off guard and in today’s downsized corporate environment, even a full staff cannot complete the work necessary to keep a company on course. In some cases, a counteroffer ensues. A resigning employee may suddenly hear how they arevitalto a company’s future and the company may try to entice you to stay using money, promotion or just “happy talk.” It’s always amusing to see how much more a company values your services when they are about to lose you. “Wasn’t I worth this pay raise or this promotion yesterday?” In most cases, it is important to remember that the real reasons that you were looking to move on in the first place, really haven’t changed.
Many times a counteroffer is sparked not because you, as an individual, arevitalto the company’s long term plans but because they can’t afford to lose you at that particular time. There is work to be done, deadlines to be met. Finding qualified employees can be a lengthy and difficult and costly process and even the most qualified new employee takes time to get up to speed in a new environment. I always advise anyone receiving a counteroffer that it (a) is probably best to graciously decline and get on with your new career and (b) to demand a raise and a three year, “no cut” contract. Three years is not a long time, but it is an amazing tool to see how trulyvitalyou are to a company’s future plans.
Hopefully, you will find these articles both informative and helpful. Should you have any questions about either them or your transition to your new opportunity, please do not hesitate to call. Also, if at any time in the future you should hit a rough patch, have a question, need a sounding board or whatever, please call. I’m here to help in any way I can.
Thomas M. Keoughan
26 Park Street, Suite 2001
Montclair, NJ 07042