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Negotiating before Leaving

Receiving a job offer is another way to negotiate a salary increase or a position change.  If you are a great employee then your current employer might try to entice you to stay.  If you are willing to stay, you can say that you received another offer and you are still thinking about it.  If they try to make you stay, you can state what it will take for you to stay.

"Hi Mark, I am at a crossroad in my career.  I have recently interviewed with a different company and they extended an offer to me.  I haven't decided yet, but I wanted to tell you before coming to a decision."

If at this time they ask you to stay, then you can ask for a couple of things.

"If I didn't like this company, it would be an easy decision, but I really like it here.  However, I have been asking to take on Program Management responsibilities here.  Also, they are offering me a 6 percent higher salary than my current pay.  Can anything be done about these two things?"

"Hi Mark, I have been thinking about moving back to my home town.  I have a job lined up, but I haven't decided yet.  I wanted to let you know before I make my final decision."

If they ask you to stay, you can say the following, but if they don't ask you to stay, then it is useless.

"Well, they are offering me a higher salary.  It's 7 percent higher than my current salary.  Would it be possible for you guys to match this?"

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