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I am currently an employee, but a recruiter contacted me.  After taking the call, I was made an offer.  Should I take it or should I stay in my current role?  Elaine Varelas gives insight

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With today’s competitive job market, recruiting efforts are on the rise. Elaine Varelas explains how to approach a recruiting offer and what information you should consider before making a decision.

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Question: I am happy in my current job, but I was contacted by a recruiter recently. They put me in touch with an organization and after interviewing them I received a great offer. Should I stay in my current job, or should I take this new opportunity?

A: In a competitive job market like the one we find ourselves in now, employees often wonder if the grass is greener elsewhere. Organizations are implementing very aggressive recruiting efforts with strong promises to fill high demand vacancies. Many people have decided not to return to work while others have changed their career paths, so organizations are turning to recruiters for aggressive outreach initiatives. As a result, employees who thought they were happy, satisfied, and had opportunities for growth in their current organization wonder if they should speak to a recruiter when contacted, which could put them in a position to have an offer. You don’t have to take a call, but it allows you to take stock of your current employer.

Comparing a new offer to your current position isn’t as easy as comparing the pay and benefits, although those are part of it. Consider the reputation of the organization offering the new opportunity, as well as the seniority of the colleagues you would work with – have they been there for several years, or is this an organization where people change often ? Do you expect this to be a long term rental, or is the offer too good to be true and could it change when the market eventually settles?

It is in your best interest to be skeptical of new offerings in this market. Remember, recruiters don’t work for you, they work for the employer. They get paid to find the right person for the job, not to find you the right job. If you are a long-time employee, happy with your manager, and happy with your career path, be cautious about changing. You may consider trying to secure a competitive stay offer, which will alert your organization that you have been looking for other opportunities outside. Often your manager or HR representative will ask you why you were looking for a new job. They may ask questions, for example if you are unhappy with your current role or if there is something missing that the company could provide. Plus, they might be wondering where your loyalty lies – it’s an old-fashioned way of thinking and it might be changing. You want to reassure them that you are happy and that you haven’t considered an offer, but it has been brought to your attention. To counter this, your current organization may offer a raise, development opportunities, etc.

If you choose to stay, you want to make sure that your business recognizes that this offering won’t be a problem in the future and that you aren’t looking for new roles or increases in pay, benefits, etc. want to make sure they know you are not a short term employee.

You can also consider the stability of the two roles and whether there will be any changes in the immediate future. How is business going? Are there any imminent acquisitions or management changes that could impact you? Is your current organization able to provide long-term growth opportunities? These answers will give you some insight into what might be safer, if that’s what you need.

Weigh the pros and cons before making your decision. Each person must define their own needs. You are able to try something new, or you can stay in your current business where you are a valuable contributor. Measure them both and get enough information to make an informed decision.

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