What do I do if I accepted a job with Company A, but Company B offered me a job after I started my new position?
If you have already started working at Company A, this puts you in an uncomfortable position. Your current employer has invested time and money in the hiring process and has put resources towards training you and getting you up to speed with the company. So don’t make the decision to leave lightly. Assess the pros and cons of both positions.
If you decide that you are going to make a change, make it quickly. You will be burning bridges, but you do not need to make it any more difficult than it needs to be. Offer your resignation to your new supervisor in person. Avoid putting it in an email or text message. Be gracious. Thank them for this opportunity. You may even want to explain that you were surprised to be offered your “dream” position and that it is an opportunity that you just could not pass up. Offer your two weeks’ notice, as you would if you were a long-time employee.
Letting your new boss know right away also holds true if you have accepted the job at Company A, but have not yet reported to your first day of work. If you are going to revoke an accepted offer of employment, let the company know as soon as possible. Do not wait to let them know and do not just fail to show up for your first day of work.
I was offered a job, but when I turned in my resignation at my current company, my boss made me a counter-offer to stay. What should I do?
This is a tricky one, because Careerbuilder.com says that there is an 85% chance that an employee who accepts a counter-offer will not be working at the company in six months. Many times, it is because the employee was fired, not because they received another job offer.
If you are in the midst of working on a key project when you get another job offer, your boss may offer you more money to stay so that the project can be completed. However, when the project ends, you may not be assigned to another key project because you are seen as “disloyal” or a “flight risk,” or you may be asked to train other employees on your major responsibilities and tasks in case you do get offered another job — because the company does not want to be caught in that same position again.
From a personal perspective, there was obviously a reason why you were looking for a new job, and a higher salary isn’t usually the only reason. Even if your current employer matches the salary offered by the other company, the counter-offer won’t address other reasons why you were considering a change.
Sometimes, you may feel like the “grass is greener” in another company’s field, so you apply for a position that you wouldn’t even necessarily accept, just to see what else is out there.
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