Discussing a Job Offer

Hi, Anita:

I was contacted by a recruiter for a position at another company that is very intriguing. The opportunity would be a step up from my current position and offers a higher salary. It may sound like a no-brainer decision, but I really like my situation at my job now and have hopes of being promoted soon. What are your thoughts on discussing this job offer with my current employer? Can there be any benefit to bringing it up?

Discussing Job Offer Negotiate BlocksDear, Headhunted:

Luckily, this is a win-win situation for you. Most employees dream of finding themselves in this circumstance. Who doesn’t like being in demand and scouted for better opportunities? You should be very flattered. So let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of your question.

Presenting this situation to your current employer does have its benefits, but only if you are serious about taking this other opportunity. Interest from a competitor or other firm can serve as a little reminder to your superiors of how valuable you are to the company and to the industry. You can use this to your advantage if you are in the position to either stay or make a move. Here are some tips to a situation like this to help boost your salary base and move you up the ladder.

  • Do not discuss the other opportunity with anyone at your current company. If word gets out that you are contemplating another offer and, as rumors do, it spreads like wildfire, things could turn out very bad for you. My advice: keep your thoughts to yourself until you have all the appropriate players in your current position in the know.
  • Think long and hard about what you really hope to achieve through negotiations with your current employer or by Discussing Job Offer Womanswitching to a new company. Are you entertaining this other offer seriously because the base pay is higher? Are there more opportunities for promotion? Do they offer a better benefits package?
  • Remember that hiring a new employee will cost your company money. This could put you at an advantage. The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at the University of California at Berkeley reports that the average cost to replace an employee for all categories of workers is about $4,000. The average cost for managerial and professional employees may be as high as $7,000. This doesn’t even factor in the time and energy it takes to train a new employee! Just this alone could help lead you to an increase in salary.
  • Be prepared that the negotiations may not go as planned or your way at all. Your current employer may be unwilling or unable to meet your demands or the competitor offer. Even if they do raise your compensation to keep you, they may feel as if you’ve proven you’ll leave at the next good opportunity and feel resentful toward you. If you are going to bring the other offer to your current employer, you must be confident that the possible new position is a sure thing and that you are okay with making the move. If not, you may find yourself without a job and without a reference.

Be sure to properly analyze and take into account all angles of your situation. This includes your job performance, relationship with your boss, flexibility, and other factors. It isn’t just the salary number that makes people happy at their job.

Readers: Have you ever been in this situation? How did you approach your boss, and what was the outcome?

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sergio muniz
    May 10, 2013 @ 22:24:08

    Hello Anita!
    Great to be here! This is the first blog I have ever subscribed to. So, I need some advice on going to interviews while working for a temp service (Select Staffing) in Salt lake City. I have an interview scheduled during work hours (3pm) and I am not sure how to handle it. Should I be up front with the temp agency and let them know I have an interview or try to ask for it off for personal reasons? The job I am interviewing for would be a managerial/supervisory spot right up my alley and well worth it if I landed it.
    Note: After hearing the other temps that work with my in the quality dept. they all tell me if I want a day off, or similar, it is better to speak to the company I work for since the Temp service basically goes along with whatever (Nellson Nutraceuticals) agrees to. Help!


    • anitaclew
      May 13, 2013 @ 11:20:58

      Hi, Sergio:

      I would advise that you inform your supervisor that you need to leave early for personal reasons. Most managers will not pry into your business with questions of why. This way you still get to work in the morning and receive pay for the hours up until you must leave for the interview.

      Best of luck,


  2. sergio muniz
    May 10, 2013 @ 22:14:34

    I respectfully and professionally explained and showed the job offer to my direct supervisor and she shared the info with the general manager. She came back and basically came back that its up to me to decide what I wanted to do. They showed no real interest in negotiating to make me stay. This was a family owned company with a general manager that managed with the attitude that people were easily replaced. In the end I lost a great opportunity to work with the USDA, however, out of the blue a better opportunity appeared and I went to work for one of our competitors. They lost a good employee and almost 5 years of investment in me.


  3. regina reuney
    May 06, 2013 @ 13:13:28

    this is regina reuney I agree and interested in thank


  4. Rosie
    May 06, 2013 @ 11:01:47

    I am sorry to say this, but I can tell that some of the people that have commented on this blog are not people you may consider for a job. They did not read the actual article, they assume, or are so desperate they jump on anything that says job. This site is a BLOG that discusses job situations, strategies, and proper edicate getting, keeping, and leaving a position. I know reading is hard, but if you do not read, you will find yourself being rejected for jobs.


  5. Tim
    May 06, 2013 @ 02:34:03

    current in the same position but unlike this guy I plain on moving to.my other job soon as I get word my 2weeks notice will go in


  6. Dominique Johnson
    May 04, 2013 @ 11:18:35

    I personally think you should do what is best for you. Hell just wish/hope someone would give me a chance in working for them I am a hard worker. I am a great personal assistant. I just want a shot at a great opportunity to make some great money to keep taking care of my kids. That’s all.


  7. Julieta A. Lisbo
    May 02, 2013 @ 15:32:44

    Greetings !!! I’ve never been in that situation. My utmost concern about my job is to contribute something for the improvement of my workplace as well as its production.


  8. Darryl Williams
    May 02, 2013 @ 14:11:24

    Hi Antia i was accepted for a position at Hill Phoenix,and was to have my walk thru at the plant on April 30 but did not have my steel toe boots. I’ve called Select Staffing on Fri. the 26, Mon.29, and again on the 30 and left a message to let you know i didn’t have my boots yet. They said to call if i didn’t have them so i could be rescheduled and haven’t gotten a call back. Please get back with me on this matter . Thank you.


    • anitaclew
      May 02, 2013 @ 16:25:58

      Hi, Darryl:

      As I am not an employee of Select Staffing I am unable to help you. Safety is of the utmost importance at plant sites and if steel toed boots are a job requirement you most likely wouldn’t be allowed to work without them.

      I would try calling your Personnel Supervisor or stopping by their office in person to see if you can be rescheduled for this or another assignment.

      Best of luck,


  9. zachary harry
    May 02, 2013 @ 00:57:17

    how do i apply for the jobs that you got listed in the email anita sent me i wanna apply to some of them

    thanks: Zach Harr.


  10. Tarek
    Apr 30, 2013 @ 10:52:50

    I didn’t understand! Is this a job offer please respond and if it is what is it?

    Sent from my iPad


  11. jana Pearson
    Apr 30, 2013 @ 10:42:52

    I jana pearson is interested in the job position


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