We all know how competitive the automotive industry is at the moment when it comes to sourcing senior talent. While this competitiveness has afforded the opportunity to senior candidates to further their careers, on occasion, the manner in which these candidates negotiate their exit from their existing employer, can have a detrimental impact on their reputation and future career prospects.
There's nothing wrong with being ambitious. Nor is there anything wrong with having a belief in your own ability. On occasion however, this level of ambition can sometimes push people into a situation where they feel that in order to progress, they need to threaten their existing employer with the prospect of leaving the business.
Working in recruitment, as we do, salary negotiations and competing for senior vacancies, is par for the course. What we sometimes see however, are senior candidates using ill-judged techniques to force their existing employer either to offer them a substantial raise and/or to elevate their position within their current business.
Every candidate is entitled to approach their employer to discuss terms and conditions. But if this approach is done against the backdrop of leveraging an offer of alternative employment from a rival dealership, the current employer can sometimes feel like a gun is being put to their head.
More often than not, their existing employer will offer a newly created position or tweak their commission structure to meet their employee's demands.
While this might feel like a victory in the short term and that this move represents an improvement in terms of their position within the business and/or extra money in their back pocket, the long term impact of such a strategy can have a detrimental impact on career prospects, relationships within their current employment and their personal reputation within their network.