Hello, The organisation that I am working for have recently undergone a restructure with a number of redundancies. When it was originally announced about 6 weeks ago I applied for a position with a competitor as I'm a single person income and can't obviously be without a job. Now the restructure is complete my job is ok (for now anyway) although it seems like they may have changed my team structure. My reporting line is the same as before but there seems to be someone else who is managing the team resource. I'm not particularly happy about that as I don't have much respect for this person or my own boss. They are very nice people but do not make decisions! Anyway, the other company called me last week to say they want to offer me the position, but they say they can't unless I can negotiate a reduction to my notice period of six months as they need me ASAP. I do love my current job, but there is no immediate career path there, times are uncertain and I also had a personal relationship with a colleague that has caused me a lot of heartache. So the best decision for me would be to leave. So, the complicated bit is that there is actually no offer unless I can negotiate a shorter notice period! What I thought I would do is ask the potential employer to write to me with a conditional offer, so subject to starting by a certain date. Then I can check I am happy with all the terms and conditions of their offer before talking to my current employer. This bit does make me nervous as if they say no and I have to stay then it could be awkward, although of course they must realise people would look for jobs when news of a restructure was announced. I think I would resent it if the decision was no and inevitably that would affect my motivation so if they do say no is there anything I can do? I am in a commercially sensitive position so they might actually be happy to let me go sooner because it is working for a competitor, but I just don't know that until I ask. I know they need me as we have some really high profile work on over the next few months. It's really confusing, but I guess they cannot sack me for asking?! Also I thought I would approach a member of the board directly (the one who employed me) as if I go to my boss firstly he will not make a decision and secondly he obviously cannot relay my position as positively as I could. Any advice would be great. Thanks.