72. Should I Stay? — Resigning Part 1

Show Notes | September 10, 2020 | Episode 72

When you get an offer for a promotion or higher-paying job, it can be tempting to immediately turn in a resignation letter. However, there are several reasons why you should stop and think it over first.  

When a great coworker leaves, you wonder, “Why didn’t the company make a counteroffer?” You’d be surprised to learn it’s often because the employee never asked!

In one case, the employee assumed if the company wanted them to stay or was willing to pay them more, the boss would have said so. On the other hand, when the company received the employee’s resignation letter, they understood it to mean, “I quit!”

A leadership team and an employee can be on completely different pages about what giving notice means. 

Tune in to the first episode of this two-part series that will help you decide if leaving is right for you, and if it is, the most amicable ways to let your employer know.

Resigning from a position is a major decision that will ultimately leave your personal character on display. The pressure is real when the offer is better for you and your family, but you don’t want to let your current boss and coworkers down.

If you do decide to leave, timing is everything, and while the pay might be better, there’s always risk when taking a new job — Will you get along with the new team? Will you live up to the pay scale and performance expectations?

Before you accept an offer:

1: Do your research on the company and set clear expectations 
2: Talk to your current employer

You must advocate for yourself. Management is not always going to do it for you. A conversation with your employer can often lead to a better position within the company. 

It’s important to state your goals early and often. Let your company know about your changing lifestyle needs and that they might lose you. 

The employer will likely see your initiative as an asset, and you will know by their reaction if staying is an option for you or not.  

Remember, the first offer that comes along may not be the best and showing loyalty can ensure your next job comes with a better title and salary.

Your 3 and 5-year marks of employment are when your value goes up as well as benefits such as hourly wage, salary, PTO and 401k, which can all be part of the negotiation when you’re ready to move into a new role. 

In reality, it’s not always about a higher salary, new title or climbing the career ladder. Sometimes, leaving is about finding a better fit for the lifestyle you want. 

Tune in to this week’s episode to learn more.  

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