Seeking a new challenge, a promotion or simply wanting a pay rise are all reasons that candidate’s site when looking for a new job.  Let’s suppose that you are looking for career progression, what happens when your current employer offers you the chance to progress and gives you a healthy pay rise as well.  The obvious would see you screaming YES PLEASE.  But its important to take time???

The question is not black and white, and you will probably go through a roller-costa of emotions before you make a definitive decision!  Looking at your options, your motivations and your general desire to change jobs should be factors that you need to consider in making the right decision!

Should I stay or should I go?
If you have decided in your heart of heats that your future no longer belongs to your current employer, there is very little that can be done to retain your employment.  However, before you make that decision, have a conversation with your employer.  Communicate where you want your career path to go.  Give your employer the option to accommodate your desires. 

If you feel undervalued and under paid, raise this at the right time and in the right channels such as appraisals or one to ones.  Substantiate your feelings with facts such as salary surveys or comparisons rather than basing your thoughts on emotion.  Give your employer the chance to understand how you are feeling and give them the opportunity to resolve/explain their rational.

If you are generally frustrated and annoyed with your employer, try to rationalise why you are feeling this way.  Invariably, those people that enter the job market for the reasons of wanting to move due to negative emotions, will jump from one catastrophe to another.  Think very carefully about why you are feeling the way you are.  Be honest with yourself.  Is your employer always at fault or could you, personally, handle things differently? If there is a slight suggestion that you could do things differently, would it be any different with a new employer?

Promotion is one of the most tangible reasons for anyone wanting to make a career move.  If you have explored all options and have come to the conclusion that you have reached a glass ceiling, the time is probably right to start your job search.  Be mindful however that there is no rush!  Whilst you maybe striving for your next challenge and are keen to be developed, don’t jump at the first thing.  Think about what you want and forensically analyse your options to achieve your goal.  The recruitment process should be as much for a candidate as it is for an employer.  Build a relationship with a recruiter to help you bridge the gulf between current and future skills.   

At the point of being successful in a recruitment process, resignation becomes inevitable.  In a number of cases employers can be caught unawares.  The knee jerk reaction is to respond reactively and persuade you to stay.  This can involve an increase in pay, a new and enhanced career path or simply the promise to do things differently in future.  Counteroffers are portrayed to be negative, and many people will tell you that they should be discounted out of hand.  My advice would be to listen to what your employer is offering and think carefully about the practicalities of any changes. 

From a personal perspective, I have followed my emotion when feeling disgruntled and changed jobs.  Maybe coincidence however those job moves have never been a success.  I have been head hunted with the carrot of more money and career development, however with my hand on my heart, I don’t think they have ever been successful moves either.  The line of least resistance is to accept changes to your employment conditions, but for me these have been short term solutions and I often wonder if I had of had a professional conversation prior to relations breaking down, the outcome could have been better for both me and my employer!  Without a shadow of doubt, the best career moves that I have personally made have been when I have taken the time to consider what I have needed to further my career.  On these occasions, count offers have never been a consideration as at the point of resignation my decisions have been made.  In other words, no salary increases, additional challenge or change in process would have enticed me to change my mind.

If you would like to have an informal and confidential chat about this article or you are considering your future career, I would be more than happy to have a discussion with you.  You can contact Able Bridge Recruitment on either 0131 202 3215/0141 7397080 or

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