Do not accept counteroffers after tending a resignation letter

30 Dec

…because your boss or her boss may call you into the office, close the door, and say, “What can we do to keep you here?” This would be the counteroffer and I recommend you reject any counteroffers as invalid. You’re not leaving for more money—you’re leaving for something better.

Back when I was a cubicle dweller, a coworker named Kevin, whom I highly respected, resigned and gave our employer a two-week notice. Two weeks went by. The following Monday, our boss called a staff meeting and in walked Kevin. Our boss started the meeting with, “I’m sure you have heard that Kevin here resigned. OK, let’s start the meeting.”

My impression of Kevin never recovered from that. What did the firm do to keep him onboard? Did they offer more money, more vacation time, a signing bonus? Nobody knew. One thing was for sure: Kevin’s loyalty was suspect. Everyone knew that if the firm ever wanted to fire Kevin and replace him with somebody cheaper, they could justify it by citing his disloyalty. Do not put yourself in the position Kevin did. When you announce you are leaving the company, you really are leaving and not entertaining any offers to stay.


Mark Anthony Germanos is the author of two books, Escape the Cubicle: How to leave your corporate or government job for something better and How to Make Computer Systems Work for You. He has faith in a slow but sure Sacramento business revival. Sacramento small business owners are leading the way. His second book, Escape the Cubicle, is for those who want to escape cubicle jobs and become successfully self-employed. Escape the Cubicle answers the questions: "How can I grow my business" and "How do I become my own boss."

Mark is the President of Cameron Park Computer Services. As a business owner and computer networking consultant, he has seen habits that successful Sacramento small business owners embrace. He helps Sacramento small business owners embrace those habits to increase their profits, efficiency and happiness. An advocate of Sacramento business revival, Mark believes everybody should run their lives like a small business, perform SWOT Analyses and use social media campaigns to improve business. He used to say “social media is stupid.” That was until he attended a conference and saw how Sacramento small business owners can use social media campaigns as a valuable tool. Since then, he has earned more than $40,000 in business via social media. His Sacramento small business clients also have five-figure returns. Sacramento small business owners that launch social media campaigns give themselves a comparative advantage over those who lag behind. Mark does not do everything, but his clients do receive great results and participate in the Sacramento business revival when they follow his advice.

Mark moved from Chicago and restarted his business in California with a cell phone and a Honda Civic. An active triathlete, he has a life, a dream wife and a dog. For additional details, visit Twitter: Facebook: LinkedIn:


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