7 things to negotiate when offered a job, according to an HR Expert

Congratulations! You’ve just received a fantastic offer for your dream job. But did you know that accepting the first offer is not always the smartest move? From our expertise within HR and career issues, we can tell you that there is more room for negotiation than you might think. By negotiating strategically, you can not only increase your salary, but also improve your overall working conditions. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by!

They want you

The most important thing to realize when you are job hunting is that the moment you get an offer, they really want you. Recruiters have already seen dozens or perhaps hundreds of resumes. They conducted time-consuming interviews with several candidates. They had discussions about the last few remaining candidates and finally chose you. They have invested time and effort in you. Just as you may be thinking how cool it is to get the job, they are thinking how great it would be to be able to hire someone like you. You have to take advantage of that.

Here are 7 aspects you can negotiate when you are offered a job:

1. Salary

Salary is often the first thing people think about when negotiating. Did you know that many employers expect you to negotiate and therefore leave room in their initial offer? By knowing your market value and convincingly presenting your skills and experience, you can often negotiate a higher salary.

2. Bonuses and commissions

In addition to the base salary, there are often opportunities for bonuses, commissions or profit sharing. Negotiate the terms and try to increase the percentage or amount. This can have a significant impact on your total compensation.

3. Stocks and options

More and more companies, especially startups and technology companies, are offering stock or options as part of the compensation package. Negotiate the number of shares and terms, such as the vesting period. This can be very valuable in the long run.

4. Flexible working hours

Work-life balance is becoming increasingly important. Negotiate flexible working hours, the ability to occasionally work from home or a compressed work week. This can help you better combine your work with your personal life and responsibilities.

5. Vacation Days

The number of paid vacations varies by employer. Try to negotiate extra days on top of the standard offer. More time to relax and recharge makes you more productive and motivated when you are at work.

6. Training and development opportunities

Investing in your personal development is crucial to your career. Negotiate a training and development budget so you can learn new skills and continue to develop yourself. This also shows that your employer wants to invest in your future with the company.

7. Promotion timeline

Where do you see yourself in a few years? Discuss your career path within the organization and negotiate a clear timeline for promotions. That way, you know what you need to do to move up and you have a goal to work toward.

Remember: you don’t have to negotiate on everything, but it’s important to know what your options are. Choose the aspects that are most important to you and focus on them during negotiations. With the right preparation and persuasion, you can often achieve more than you initially thought.

Seize this opportunity to optimize your offerings. We believe in investing in employees and being open to negotiation. So you can say ‘yes’ to a great opportunity and a promising future at a new company with complete conviction!

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