Have you ever been made an offer, an offer on the face of it that you simply can’t refuse. Over the course of the past few weeks this has happened to me.
It all started at the beginning of January with a phone call.
It was a pleasant lady from a recruitment agency who had found my CV on Monster.com or some other generic job site.
“I have a role that I think would be suitable for you” she said.
I’d heard this one before lots of times.
“Tell me more “ I said in a slightly lethargic tone.
She proceeded to essentially describe my job (which I love). I explained the situation and the fact I would be spending the next two weeks in Thailand on business.
“That’s fine, they’ll be happy to do a Skype interview”
I’ve never done a Skype interview before so was slightly apprehensive. As time went on it became clear that the Director of the company didn’t agree with Skype calls so they would hold the interviews for the role open until I got back.
A Trip Across Country
Fast forward to last Wednesday and I’m sitting in an office somewhere near the Welsh border faced by three interviewers. The questions kept coming for around 90 minutes and I walked out quietly confident that it had gone well.
I spoke to the recruiter later that afternoon and she said that she will call me on Friday to let me know about an additional interview if the first went well.
An Offer You Can’t Refuse
Friday afternoon and the phone rings…
“They would like to offer you the job”
I was shocked, not that I had got it, but that I had got it so quickly without additional interviews.
She informed me that their salary offer was 25% higher than my current salary.
I was pleasantly suprised at the amount and this then had me in two minds…. I never wanted to leave my job but this was too much to simply turn down. It really was an offer not to be refused.
They gave me the weekend to think about it, so I spent the weekend snoozing (it’s where I do my best thinking).
Even then, I simply couldn’t decide what to do.
A job I love, versus, a job I may love with additional money.
Everybody I asked for advice was basically useless.
I got to work Monday morning and told my boss I needed to speak to him. I explained all about the job I had been offered, how much they had offered me and various other details. My boss is a very pragmatic guy and he said it is up to me to decide but he would speak to the department head and not to rush my decision.
An Offer You Cant Refuse: Part 2
Two hours later and I’m sat in a room with my boss and the department head. A sizeable counter offer was made.
“ We don’t want you to leave, so I can offer this amount”
It didn’t match what I was offered by the other company but it was certainly close enough.
They also in principle agreed to fund a degree in my chosen subject. That in itself is a substantial amount of money and it will certainly make me better at my job in the long run.
As I sit typing this I’m mulling over my final decision…. 14 years with a company that are clearly desperate for me to stay, versus more money and a fresh start.
The plus side to all these decisions is that whatever happens I will be substantially closer to achieving my goal of becoming financially independent. The money will go straight into savings with no changes to my lifestyle necessary.
Also having a degree would make it a lot easier to work for myself once I become financially free. Having clients that I could work for once or twice a year just to bring in a little extra cash would be a fantastic source of income.
What would you do? Leave and chase the money or stick with what you know. Let me know in the comments below.
I decided to stay with my current company and turned the opportunity down. My pay rise has gone through and essentially very little else has changed.