Welcome to the All Star Resume Career Center Tips on Job Offers!
It's not that uncommon for job
seekers to go from seeing no sign of employer interest to suddenly confronting an enticing offer
– or even juggling multiple job offers. Here are some tips to help you understand what you're dealing
with when you receive a job offer, and how you should handle your response.
Understanding the Salary Determination Process
Oftentimes, the salary
that goes with a position is nonnegotiable.
The salary may have been determined even before the
opening was announced. This is why it is
critical for you to do everything you can to positively impact
the perception of your worth before the company extends an initial offer to you.
Don't allow yourself to be caught in a scenario in which you
have no idea whether or not the salary being offered to you is
reasonable. Do your research and
know your market value in advance.
Use the Interview to Help with Your Positioning
Before you go to your job interview, you should learn as much as you
can about the position you are under
consideration for and gain an
understanding of how much value you can add to the organization in that
Handling the 'What
Salary Do You Expect?' Question
'What salary do you expect?' is one of the least favorite questions that job
hunters run into. We hate it, too.
Responding to an Offer
Any reasonable employer
will give you some time in which
to think over their job offer and decide whether to accept or
decline it. You should never – repeat, never –
have to accept or decline a job offer on the spot.
Asking for a Higher Salary
Studies show that roughly two-thirds of employers leave room for negotiation when they offer someone a job. For some people, negotiation can be an uncomfortable or intimidating process, but armed with proper etiquette and information, you can maximize your salary potential at your new job.
Weighing a Job Offer
should always weigh a job offer carefully and objectively.
You need to consider a number of factors, including
how this position will help you to achieve your long-term career goals.
Negotiating Your Salary
The key to successfully negotiating your salary – or anything else,
for that matter – is understanding the other party's position.