“What can we do to make you stay?”

Counter Offer


…they are one heck of an ego-boost, but here’s the truth.

If you got to the point of going for an interview for another role, you almost certainly had very good reason for doing so. Perhaps the hours were getting on top of you, you’d been overlooked for promotion or you’d been diddled on your money again.

So, you have a great meeting with a prospective employer. Fantastic business, it all goes well, you love what they have to offer and, with a bit of consideration, decide that you want to challenge yourself. Great.

Then, 3 weeks into your notice period, your Manager calls a meeting. It goes something like this.

“Can we persuade you to stay? What would it take? Tell us, we don’t want to lose you”

It’s too easy to respond by telling them that a bit of extra money will suffice. It’s easy for them too, compared to the cost of recruiting and training your replacement. Deal, done.

But the cynic in me would strongly advise you to have a word with yourself. Do you really think things will change just because you’re getting a bit more money? The answer is most probably not. But the expectation on you will be higher. You didn’t think they’d give you the raise for nothing did you? Also, they’ll always know that you’re probably not there for the long-term, so the likelihood of that promotion probably becomes even less likely, why would they invest in someone whose head can be turned for an extra couple of grand?

The numbers speak for themselves, around 80% of those who accepted a counter offer actually went on to leave in the next 12 months anyway. But by then, the dream opportunity you turned down will have been snapped up by someone else.

Furthermore, if you leave courteously, there’s a chance you’d be welcomed back if things didn’t turn out as planned, but, if you ask me, it’ll never come to that and nor should it. That’s another story for another day!

Less is more…

OK, if we’re talking Pizza, less certainly isn’t more. It’s delicious and tasty, it’s the food that just keeps on giving. Like most, I’d take the whole damn thing.

Not everyone realises that by applying for a job via any of the major job website boards, your CV automatically ends up in a database that is accessible by any one of the hundreds of recruiters that hold subscriptions to those boards. It’s a useful feature that, in itself, isn’t a bad thing, but in some cases what happens with your CV as a result can be.

You, you’re a person, not a commodity. You’re not a Pizza set out on the table waiting for everyone to grab a slice, only to be forgotten about tomorrow. In essence, it might seem that having lots of people grabbing a slice is a positive thing, but of all the good guys/gals, there are some rogues and you can’t easily identify them during a brief telephone chat. It is not only illegal, but also highly immoral for your CV to be ‘farmed out’ without your permission, sadly it happens, don’t be under any illusion, and it is highly dangerous. The more people it goes to, the more likely your current boss is to see it. It’s almost like advertising from the roof tops that you’re in the market for a move. Is it any more likely to result in a job offer? I don’t think so. It may also damage your chances, as this method of ‘door-stopping’ prevents a proper, calculated, quality introduction.

I’m hearing more and more about an uprising of ‘Boutique Recruiters’. Generally speaking, collectively, we are trying to bring quality and ethics back to this industry. I, for one, aren’t looking to ‘bang out’ 100 CV’s this week, the sheer thought makes me shudder. I’m looking to have proper conversations with people genuinely looking to further their career. Between us, if you’re up for it, we can work out a strategy and I can use my attention to detail, industry knowledge and significant contact base to try to make this happen.

“I’ll absolutely definitely get you a job offer”

Of course I can’t promise this. But by getting to know you, I’ll represent you in the fairest way possible, ensuring your discretion and confidentiality. Hopefully this will have a positive outcome.

So, if you’re a Motor Trade professional looking for The Next Step, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.