TAP In with Tristan : The Truth Behind the Counteroffer

Tristan talks about the truth behind your company’s counteroffer on this installment of The TAP In with Tristan. Don’t be taken for granted by your employer!

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What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. Today, I want to talk about the truth behind your company’s counteroffer.

Have you ever been with an employer and you were performing extremely well, hitting all your goals and driving real results then you tried to negotiate something? Maybe it’s a raise, a new computer, a flexible work schedule, tuition reimbursement, a leadership position; you name it. No matter what you request, the answer ends up being no, sorry I can’t make that happen, or we don’t do that here.

You get so fed up that you begin job searching. Eventually, you get a message from a recruiter. After going through the interview process and discussing what you’re looking for, they’re willing to give you all that you’re requesting. Once you sign on the dotted line, you go into work and put in your two weeks’ notice. You thank them for the experience they’ve provided, told your boss that you enjoyed working with them, and you let them know that this company was willing to give you the things you were seeking, only for your boss to say that you’re an extremely valuable asset to the team and they don’t want to lose you. They ask you to give them some time to see what they can do. After a day or two, they come back with that raise you were looking for, or now suddenly you can work from home 2 days a week.

When you initially hear their response, you probably think, “Wow, that’s great! Now, I don’t have to leave.” Well, that’s true, you don’t. But take a moment and ask yourself, how did it all of sudden become so easy to make this happen for you? Why didn’t they offer you these things before when you requested them? Well, the answer is easy, they took you for granted. They made an assumption that you wouldn’t take the opportunity to see what the job market was giving. Once other employers recognized the value of your talent, your current company realized the mistake they were making.

Can you stay? Absolutely, and in some cases, you should. But always make sure you ask yourself, why didn’t your current employer try to give you what you requested before? And why was this new company so ready to give you what you asked for right away?

This tip is brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @layfieldresume, or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.

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