When does it make sense to turn down an offer?
My aim is to get you an offer that is everything that you might want. I therefore understand when an offer to move doesn’t feel like the right thing to do. Here are some common reasons:
Cold Feet – “I know I need to leave, but I don’t think I am ready”. Well get ready. Lawyers can be very risk averse and I would encourage you to adapt, whether that be inside your current role, or elsewhere. We all know what happens to those who don’t adapt.
One last case/deal – there is always going to be one further piece of work that might interest you at your current firm. But your new potential home is going to have lots of deals / cases, otherwise you wouldn’t have considered them. Take the leap.
Money – I always say that money is primarily a de-motivator rather than a motivator. It should never be the sole reason to leave. Therefore, if you are becoming fixated on the cash, it is usually masking other issues.
Leverage – this is generally a lousy reason to turn down an offer and in a karmic way, can often come back to bite you. This can’t have been the only reason for looking. Once played, your card will be marked and you will not be able to play it again.
The gut feeling – this can be an amalgamation of a number of reasons, which we often don’t understand. However, it does need to feel right for you as well as make sense for you objectively. Go with your gut – it’s usually right.
I take the time to listen to you in order to help you make the best career choices. You have to listen to yourself in order to take those steps.