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Kelly's Resume/Career Quick Tip of the Week
THE SINGLE MOST IMPORT THING IF YOU TAKE A COUNTEROFFER: Even during this difficult economy counteroffers are happening. Recruiters like to extol how awful things will be if you take a counteroffer and often cite numbers about how few are still there 6 months later (those numbers always seem inflated to me). My personal experience has been most of the candidates that take a counter stick around for a while, some eventually leave, others never move on and some do get burned. I recruit heavily in trucking, for an $800 billion national industry, it’s a super small community. Executives and management move around, and mergers are constant. I had a candidate that left a company he despised after being acquired and the next company they went to was purchased by the same company (“meet your new boss, same as the old boss”). Paths cross a lot despite trucking's size. I have had several candidates over the years say my company doesn’t counter or they wouldn’t take one and guess what happened. If you do take a counter, BE PROFESSIONAL, own up and let the company or recruiter know right away. Being snarky, arrogant, ghosting, not showing up and so forth can come back to haunt you, even years later. The executive you burned unnecessarily may end up being your boss down the road or can torch you with other industry leaders about your poor ethics. I have remained close to several people that took counters, but never the ones that burned industry bridges. It’s best to be professional and upfront, the company respected you enough to make an offer, return the respect, it’s really in your own best interest.  
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