Here Are Five Things You Can Negotiate in Your Next Job Offer

Getting a job offer after an extensive search definitely counts as one of the most rewarding and fulfilling moments ever. However, it’s very important to ensure that you join an organisation on your terms by letting your requirements known.

If you feel like the offerings aren’t in line with what you desire or deserve, you can always put on your negotiating hat. However, you can only do this when you have been given an offer and have been invited for a meeting. Also, you should only do this if you are sure you have enough value to offer to the prospective company.

Here are five major things you can negotiate in a job offer:


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Negotiating your salary can seem pretty scary, especially at the beginning of your entry into the workforce. However, it’s advisable to do so, especially if you’re interested in receiving the salary you desire or something relatively close to it. To negotiate your salary successfully, you should know your value, do some industry research, leverage on your skills and present your case properly. You don’t want to accept a certain salary amount, only to discover someone else (with the same experience and skills) is earning a higher amount.

Your Job Title

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What’s in a name? EVERYTHING. Your job title has a major impact on your current career standing and future prospects. It gives people an idea of your job responsibilities, reflects your level of expertise and your position in the organisation. If the job title communicated to you by your prospective employer doesn’t encompass your job description or fully reflect your expertise, you can negotiate a better title. You should also do some industry research to find out what job titles your peers have, to give you an insight.

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Your Work Schedule

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Another job aspect you can negotiate is your work schedule. If you desire a flexible work schedule or you’d love to work from home on certain days, you can negotiate this with your employer by giving them valid reasons and stating your cause. However, this negotiation option is only open to certain job types. If your job requires you to attend meetings regularly, interface with clients or be present at work every day, you might not be given this opportunity.

Professional Development Fees

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To deliver value to your company, you would need to develop yourself and hone your professional skills. You can inform your prospective employer of your plans to do so and ask if they can cover the cost. Whether it’s a professional course, certification, training, conference or even another degree, as long as it’s relevant to your profession and it would help you get better at your job. Don’t be shy to present your case and negotiate this.
*You should note that not all companies provide such opportunities.

Tech Benefits

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If there are some devices that will make your job easier and make you more efficient, you should negotiate them. For example, if you work as a social media manager, you might require a work phone, mi-fi or other relevant devices to help you stay on top of your game. You should negotiate this and reach an agreement ahead of your resumption.

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Do Some Industry Research

Talk to other professionals in your industry to get a glimpse of the benefits they enjoy and you’ll have insights on what to negotiate.

View Your Position

An entry-level job will most likely not come with an official car as a bonus, so you ideally shouldn’t negotiate or bring it up. You should negotiate benefits that you know will apply to your job position. However, this doesn’t mean you should belittle your position and settle for less.

Always Offer Value

A major tip that will help in a successful negotiation is to outline how your request will help you work better and add value to the company. Companies desire ROI (Return on Investments) from employees. They need to be certain that the benefits given to you will help you stay motivated to deliver value and help achieve organizational goals.

What other benefits do you think should be negotiated? Share with us!

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