Negotiating a job offer
An important step in your job search might be to learn negotiating a job offer, some employers don't consider this section but it's essential because your salary can be fixed in less than optimum including your benefits and you need to be prepared to ask for a better compensation package without being intimidated.
You don't need to fight or being disrespectful in this situation, you need to be firm rather than timid, you'll let the employer know how you value your job and experience so in this case you usually will take the lead; remember that before you try to negotiate a job offer it's important to have clear some information such as:
- Know the least amount you can receive, and differentiate clearly what you have and what you need to have.
- Know the company, how important is the position you are applying and how difficult it's to fill, also it's important to know salaries in other related companies for the same position (research your market value).
Negotiating a job offer is not only about the salaries but also other important aspects of the package such as vacations, days off, health, retirement, bonuses, relocation expenses, etc.
- Create your proposal before, if you can do it on paper so you can even establish a plan to accomplish your resquest.
- Be patient but don't shut down with the first no.
We elaborated this section to help you decide how ready you are to start a negotiation, which is the next step once you have achieved the job you applied for. It's not about time because you need to think very carefully so we give you some relevant information to analyze yourself and your preparation for a successful negotiation. If you think you're not prepared we give you some helpful advice to prepare yourself.
Negotiating a job offer is not related only to your salary, there's a package you need to evaluate to see if the new job will be very convenient for you. The benefits package includes different types of insurances, vacations, holidays, overtime, sick days, and more. In this section we explain each one of them so you can evaluate the company proposal.
It's very helpful to have a job offer check list, where you can put all your requirements and it's easier to compare with the companies offer. This checklist must include data such as the salary, job details, insurance, work environment, training opportunities and other things you consider necessary for you and to improve yourself and your work in the company.
After you've evaluated all the information necessary, consider your actual position and the future, consider the positive and negatives aspects, if you feel comfortable with the benefits and the salary the company offers; it's time to make a decision, you need to take time and consider some aspects we included to help you in this section.
If you're going to negotiate a job offer, you should do it firmly, without the idea that you could lose the job offer; in fact a negotiation must have at the end the satisfaction of both, employer and job seeker. To have a successful negotiation you need to know some techniques such as salary negotiation tactics, we detailed some that work and will help you on the process.
A negotiation of a job offer is a process where two parts are involved, so it's important to have an agreement between both, if you don't find the benefits, and what you were looking for when you applied the job, it's your decision to leave the opportunity or give up in some aspects that the company cannot offer. At this time it's your decision to continue or not. However, it's important to be polite and respectful always; we give you some advice regarding this matter.