The job market is hot for people with the right skills, but don’t push your luck
As an IT specialist, you’re smart, talented and available to the highest bidder. But by accepting the best offer, you might end up paying a high price, warns a Toronto IT recruiter.
Neil Wiseblott at Stafflink Solutions Ltd., a Canadian boutique IT staffing agency, blogs about how accepting an counter-offer from your current employer when you have other prospects is bad news. Skills aside, he writes, your credibility will suffer with both companies in question.
“Accepting a counter offer means you are breaking multiple commitments which puts a big red flag over your resume,” Weisblott explains. ”Plus it puts a target on your forehead. Because after you have resigned and then changed your mind, your current employer is planning to replace you as soon as possible.”
There’s also danger in over-valuing your IT skills and thinking you’ll always have this kind of leverage, he adds. Bottom line: be honest, keep your ego in check and never burn a bridge.