John Borrowman, CPC
Borrowman Baker, LLC
One of the surest routes to frustration starts with unrealistic expectations. And one of the most unrealistic expectations you can have is that a job offer will be better in every way than what you have now.
Ironically, your motivations for leaving can be the trigger for the unrealistic expectations. How is that?
It’s rarely the case that you’re changing jobs because everything about your current situation is bad. More often, it’s just a few things. Maybe it’s your boss. Maybe it’s the culture or environment. Maybe it’s that you don’t feel like you’re advancing. Beyond those things, though most everything else tends to be okay.
That leads to the mistaken belief that if the offer you receive will help correct the things you don’t like then it probably ought to also be an all-around improvement. The problem, of course, is that it’s not. Or, not necessarily.
The key is to keep your eye on the big picture: whether this job offer actually improves those issues that motivated you to change in the first place. If you’ve interviewed carefully and are confident that those major areas of dissatisfaction are dealt with, there’s not much advantage in being upset over elements of the offer that you probably can’t change anyway.
This doesn’t mean there might not be something in your offer that warrants a closer look. If you think that’s the case, contact us for a confidential conversation.