Job Seekers

What Happens if You Receive a Counteroffer?

by Veronica Blatt

Changing jobs can be a huge source of stress, even when you *know* it’s the right decision. It’s common to feel sad or anxious, or even a little bit guilty even if you are excited about the new opportunity. On top of all those emotions, you have to actually resign – you know, tell your boss you’re leaving. And that’s when they hit you with the counteroffer. Maybe you didn’t see it coming, or maybe you should have, but either way it’s on the table and now you have to deal with it.

If you’re working with a recruiter, you have likely had the “counteroffer talk” multiple times throughout the hiring process. While that might make it less of a surprise, it can still feel like you’ve been caught off guard. It can still be difficult.

If you’re not working with a recruiter and you haven’t ever received a counteroffer, here is some information to help you navigate this process.

Assume you’re going to receive a counteroffer

Unemployment in the US is hovering around 3.6% percent. There are more available jobs than workers. Companies know how hard it is to find good employees, and they are increasingly likely to make counteroffers. In fact, a Robert Half study showed that 58% of employers ARE doing that already. Make a list of the pros and cons of your existing job. Compare that to the pros and cons of the new job. Most of the time a counteroffer involves more money. If your current job has no career path, more money will not solve that problem. If you don’t like your boss, more money will not solve that problem. Understand the WHOLE monetary value of your new offer. Benefits have a cash value, even if you don’t see that as extra money in your paycheck. Role play a counteroffer situation with a trusted peer. Practice your response until you feel comfortable saying it out loud. Prepare yourself early, and make sure you know why you’re really leaving.

Counteroffers are about THEM, not you

While it may seem flattering to receive a counteroffer, understand that it is more about solving the employer’s problem than yours. You’ve just presented your resignation letter. They are now filled with the difficult task of finding a suitable candidate to replace you (perhaps at a higher salary), losing the institutional knowledge you possess, training and onboarding someone new, lost productivity (and potentially revenue), and maybe even a dip in morale or additional departures. It’s much easier for THEM if you don’t leave. Your departure is likely not going to come at a good time – when is it ever a “good” time to lose productive employees? A counteroffer may keep you around long enough for them to create a plan for your inevitable departure, or even start looking for your replacement while you’re still on staff.

Understand that you will burn bridges

You’ve spent time interviewing with the new company. You’ve accepted their offer. Turning them down NOW means they have to start over. They have to tell other stakeholders you won’t be starting after all, which makes them look bad. They may think you’re unprofessional. They may say “no, thanks” to you in the future. Meanwhile, your current employer knows you’re ready to leave, that you’re dissatisfied with your role or the company. They may question your loyalty. If there is a “reduction in force” on the horizon, you might be impacted.

In short, accepting a counteroffer is a risky proposition. Don’t allow guilt or anxiety to make that decision for you. Understand clearly why you are ready to make a career move. Focus on the good things waiting for you and move forward with confidence.

Tips for a Great Webcam Interview

by Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Anthony McCormack, founding consultant, managing director and entrepreneur behind Macstaff with offices in Bristol and Abergavenny, United Kingdom. Macstaff is a high impact recruitment consultancy majoring on right-fit permanent placements in construction, property, manufacturing and engineering sectors in UK & Internationally. Macstaff joined NPAworldwide in 2019. Anthony offers tips for a successful webcam interview in the post below, which originally appeared here.

Being interviewed on a webcam or video conference may save you traveling costs but there are still plenty of things that you need to get right to give yourself the very best chance of being successful on the day.

So you have secured an interview, presumably for a company and job role you find attractive.

Then you discover the interview is going to be in a video conference or webcam format. Read the rest of this entry »

Three Reasons Why You’re Not Getting Interviews: How to Create an ATS-Friendly Resume

by Veronica Blatt

ats-friendly resumeToday’s guest blogger is Keith Grafman, Founder and Principal of Creative Content Consulting. CCC positions digital identity for your Career, Dating, and Business, with a consistent presence across your digital footprint. For more information, visit:

While software automation has simplified the recruitment process for recruiters, staffing specialists, human resources professionals and employers, it has made the hiring process much more challenging for job seekers, applicants and candidates. Nowadays, Application Tracking Systems (ATS) are becoming continuously more sophisticated each day, and as a consequence, a resume won’t get selected to move forward and be reviewed by a human unless it satisfies a custom-programed, specific set of keywords and criteria for a particular position. The ATS-selection process can include, but is not necessarily limited to: experience, expertise, skills, competencies, awards, certifications, training, education, accomplishments, personality, demeanor and ambition(s). To further complicate this process, the ATS’ keywords(s) and criteria requirements can range from specific to very specific. For example, your resume’s usage of keywords, grammar, punctuation, etc. may potentially not be recognized by the ATS due to wording variation, such as either including or not including a word such as “specialist,” or even hyphenation of a phrase or terminology. Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Marry the First Person You Date

by Veronica Blatt

Our guest blogger is Jason Elias of Elias Recruitment in Sydney, Australia. Elias Recruitment is a specialist legal recruitment consultancy, finding lawyers for law firms, not-for-profits and corporates, across Australia. Jason is the Secretary/Treasurer of the NPAworldwide Board of Directors and received our Chairman’s Award in 2014. Jason is also a Fellow of the peak recruitment industry body in Australasia  the RCSA (Recruitment & Consulting Services Association).

Whilst I am sure “love at first sight” does exist and my wife swears she knew we were going to get married the day we met- I would not advise anyone to marry the first person they dated.

Likewise, it is imperative when you counsel your candidates to take the best job offer, not the first one (especially when the first offer is not yours). There is no secret that the job market for candidates across many industries is the best it has been for a long time. Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Tested Your Job Seeker UX?

by Veronica Blatt

“Candidate experience” gets a lot of attention in the blogosphere, HR and talent communities, and other places around the web. Candidate experience can be broadly defined as how job seekers interact with a company’s hiring processes – from recruiting to interviewing and onboarding. Before a job seeker becomes a candidate, though, they’re interacting with – and evaluating – organizations differently. That often begins with your website, which can deliver a good … or not-so-good … user experience (UX). When is the last time you tested the job seeker UX of your site? This means evaluating every aspect of your website as though you are a job seeker. Read the rest of this entry »

The Number 1 Thing to Do in an Interview

by Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Paulette Steele with Real Resumes located in Queensland, Australia. Real Resumes is educating people from beginning to end on getting a job.  Short videos cover all aspects including: where to look for a job, writing effective resumes, researching and preparing for the interview, and most importantly, mastering the interview itself. Paulette has 15 years of recruitment experience and a vast career in various industries.

What’s the number one thing to do in an interview? It’s so simple and effective! Read the rest of this entry »

Is the Cover Letter Dead?

by Liz Carey

On our recruitment network forum, one recruiter asked recently asked: “Do you read the Resume or Cover Letter first?”

The overwhelming response was, with all the applications recruiters receive, most do not have time to read a cover letter at all. So, does that mean a candidates shouldn’t write one at all? Not at all.

While many recruiters don’t read them, many do expect to get one because most employers and hiring managers still expect one. Crafting a cover letter also shows that you have put some time and effort into applying to this specific job, rather than just sending out your resume to the masses.

Here are some tips if you want your cover letter to be read: Read the rest of this entry »

A Recruiter-Candidate Relationship Ends ‘Ghosting’

by Dave Nerz

Job candidates are ‘ghosting’ employers and independent recruiters with increasing frequency. If this is a new word for you, the Urban Dictionary defines ‘ghosting’ as cutting off all communication with zero warning. If you have had a no-show for a call, no response to a text or email, or a recruit/hire that walked off the job or never showed up for the first day of work…you have been ghosted!

It is both a surprise and a baffler for HR and independent recruitment professionals. Much of this phenomenon can be attributed to demographics. There are too many job openings when compared to the number of available top-tier candidates. The power has shifted from the employer and independent recruiter to the candidates. These no-show situations are happening in all types of industries from very entry-level positions to much more significant responsibilities within a business. Candidates have multiple offers and are receiving great counteroffers by the employers they are leaving. Some candidates just decide to stay at the 11th hour. Read the rest of this entry »

What Makes a Great Recruiter?

by Dave Nerz

Why Criticism Can Be Good For You

by Liz Carey

It can be hard to swallow constructive criticism, but accepting criticism can be the key to getting promoted at work. Understanding what you’re doing wrong and being able to think of a solution to correct it is a crucial part of showing your commitment to growing and climbing the ranks in a company. Accepting criticism is a challenge that really puts to test your “soft skills,” like being a do-er, fixer and thinker. Read the rest of this entry »