Written by Kimberley Startup | April 11, 2014
A BIG well done, against 80 other applicants for the post, you got offered the job. The hard work finally paid off but is it the right job for you for the long term.
Before you apply for the job, in the job specification it usually outlines the key benefits you will receive as part of the job. However, if successfully offered the new position, there is an option to challenge your new employers by negotiating a better deal. Knowing the best way to negotiate a job offer so that the outcome will work in your favour, will enable you to gain the basic pay and benefits package to the types of hours and employee perks that are fitting with the job you have applied for.
Here are some key steps to help you in the pathway to the job you want.
Don’t accept straightaway.
Upon receiving the job offer, ask if you can think about it for 24/48 hours. During this time you should carefully consider the offer given and that you make the informed decision, certain you want the job.
Considering the job offer
As well as the basic pay and benefits accompanied with most jobs, considering the entire job offer is also important. Aspects to consider are the role responsibilities, company culture, salary, benefits, perks, flexibility, the commute and the other factors that matter most when you think about what you want.
It is important to look at the current market rates for the position you’ve been offered, in order to ascertain your right to challenge the salary you have been offered if appropriate. Carrying out research on rival job specs with similar requirements to the role you’ve been offered and check out what other employers are offering can give you a better insight into what the competitors in the your chosen job market are advertising.
The attraction in many jobs doesn’t always come down to the salary you take-home, however it also worth considering the benefits package. Added rewards you may receive as part of this could be the likes of healthcare, a pension scheme, stock options, flexible working or perhaps a free gym membership. Lifestyle changes that come with such benefits are equally as important as the monetary value to each benefit as it can help you achieve that work life balance.
Listing the pros and cons of the job offer, can help you identify the aspects of the job that you are perhaps not a 100% happy with and consider if there is room to negotiate.
Playing the game (but don’t play it for too long or you’ll start off on the wrong foot).
The homework has been completed; you have full confidence in your ability to succeed within your new role, so the real graft starts now with negotiating your offer. Your prospective employer has drawn up your proposed job package and invites you in to go over the formalities, but don’t simply accept or reject the first offer. Selling yourself will always put you in a good position as accompanying characteristics such as your experience, qualifications and knowledge will determine how strong your position is within the job role.
Question if there is any flexibility in the offer. Will regular salary reviews take place? Could you juggle your schedule to accommodate non work/family commitments?
By successfully getting the job, means you have met all the necessary categories for the job role. The hiring manager has recognised and acknowledges the asset you would be for the business and someone who can add real value to the organisation. So it makes sense to at least try and negotiate something better.
You won’t be judged for negotiating with the salary first proposed from the initial offer; you are not likely to regret it in the long term. If you don’t try you don’t get but always be careful and respectful at all stages.
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