Editor’s note: This is the seventh article in a new nine-part series on making a job transition as a lawyer, which is featured on lawjobs.com News & Views. Links to the previous article in this series, as well as to articles in other series by the authors, follow this article.

Something that sounds too good to be true, usually is. A large number of employees who receive a job offer, but then accept counteroffers from their current employer, will eventually leave, either on their own volition or through termination, within six months. Employers do not like to be “fired” (no one likes rejection), so a counteroffer can turn the tables. By accepting a counteroffer, all you may accomplish is ensuring that you will leave the firm on your current employer’s terms, not yours.

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