ACCEPTING & RESIGNING

Accepting

Receiving a job offer is exciting.  It is critical that you respond promptly and professionally.
 
A verbal acceptance (or rejection) should be given as soon as possible, and not later than 24 to 48 hours, after an offer is received.  If you do not receive a written offer, make sure that you send a written acceptance stating your understanding of the terms of the verbal offer.

Finally, if you are interviewing with multiple companies, immediately remove yourself from consideration for all other positions.

Resigning

Resigning your employment is an emotional moment that often catches people off-guard.  In the excitement of receiving a new offer, we sometimes forget about saying good bye properly.
 
Keep your resignation brief and professional.  Meet with your immediate supervisor.  Have a resignation letter prepared informing the organization of your “irrevocable” decision to resign your position, stating your intended departure date (always give two weeks notice), and thanking them for the opportunity to work with them.  From this point forward it is important to ensure that you continue to work within your current role to the best of you ability.  Don’t burn any bridges!

Counteroffers

A counteroffer is an inducement from your current employer to get you to stay after you have announced your intentions to accept a job elsewhere.  Counteroffers should always be anticipated.

While counteroffers are flattering and often tempting, they usually have long-term negative effects and are best avoided.

Counteroffers are often merely stall tactics used to alleviate the upheaval a departing employee can cause, or more likely, to buy time for the organization to find a replacement.  Your resignation will likely be interpreted as evidence of your unhappiness and lack of loyalty.  The counteroffer is ransom the organization will pay to incent you to stay until the timing of your departure is better for them.

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