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Dealing with a counter-offer - should you stay or should you go?

Overview

Shoudl I stay or should I go? The Clash address this age-old question in their 1982 song, allegedly inspired by Mick Jones contemplating on whether or not to leave his ex-girlfriend.

Similar levels of deliberation can go into a decision about leaving a job and indeed, leaving a job is sometimes broadly analogous to leaving a relationship - really, it is.

If you are a valuable commodity to your current firm and this is especially the case in bull markets and boom times when simply staffing a deal can be an issue, they will not want to lose you.

It pays to be prepared for a counter-offer and most good recruiters will, in their initial meetings with you, ask you to consider what you will do in the event of receiving one.

This briefing looks at the important issues to consider.

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