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The Counter Offer… 2 minutes too late!

  • Author IconDavid Simpson

Isn’t it ironic?!

No it’s not Alanis, this is the real world where a counter is closer to a month too late when I’ve made the decision that it was time to leave this place and go somewhere new and not wonder how I can retain lyrics to a song released 27 years ago yet still not remember why I made the decision to leave this company in the first place!

Anyway, I digress.

There are easier ways for employees to get a pay increase, more flexibility or new opportunities within the business they’re still in, when everything else about their current job; the people, their manager, the company, the culture, the location, are all things that sit well with them.

A simple catch up with your manager will give you either:

a) everything you wanted

b) a pathway on how to get what you want; or

c) not what you want and no clear path on how you may be able to achieve it, which can then help you make the decision on if you can handle not having these things, or that it is time to start the process of finding a new job.

“Finding a job isn’t an easy thing to do.  It’s quite daunting really and sometimes too much to handle at any given stage of the year or your career.  But it can also be exhilarating!”

Deep down you know the time has come and you deserve something more.  But like a lot of things in life, there is never a good time to make big decisions, but they still need to be made.  So when you have made one of these big life decisions (like deciding it’s time to find a new job), you have made it for more reasons than just one (be it a salary or someone at work smells).

With saying all this, sometimes said counter is something unfathomable (great word) in ways of salary and/or flexibility and career path, or at least something substantial enough that you can look past all the BS you’ve already gone through and been told would change and hasn’t.

Then sometimes it can be worth the punt and see what happens. Sometimes it does change for the better... Unfortunately, most times it doesn’t.

You know what, on second thought I think it might be easier to just stay here now that I have been given the money I was after and promises of change that I deep down know will ultimately not and now my manager knows I’m unhappy and have looked elsewhere and there is no clear sign of ever having another conversation about changes in the future.

“There is no better feeling than stepping out of your managers office after resigning from a job you no longer feel is right for you when you have a new and exciting job to go to. While daunting, it is one of the best smiles and feelings of relief to experience in your life. You're proud of yourself because you've bet on yourself with confidence!”

Who would’ve thought, it figures!

Thanks Alanis.

If you've come to the decision that it is time for a career change as the options you have with your current employer are no longer compatible with your career trajectory, call David Simpson at Pace Appointments on 0457 000 647, or email david@paceappointmentsqld.com.au