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December 12, 2008
We've covered the reasons someone might consider negotiating. Now let’s discuss when, what, and how.Read More
When do you negotiate? After you receive the offer, but before you accept the job. This may seem obvious, but just remember that if you have accepted the offer under the specified conditions, the employer is likely to either laugh or withdraw the offer if you come back later to ask for more.
You negotiate after you’ve carefully reviewed the written offer, including all conditions of employment and the benefits package. Never wait until the day of – or even the day before – the acceptance deadline.
What can be negotiated? Here are the main factors: Acceptance deadline. Starting salary. A sign-on bonus. Relocation assistance. Your start date. Time off [without pay] for personal needs [for example, you’re in a wedding—maybe even your own-- before you’re eligible for vacation time]. Maybe a mid-year performance review …
December 9, 2008
It’s easy to find books and websites (maybe friends and relatives!) that say, “always negotiate!” But is it true?Read More
No, it’s not. Sometimes you have no basis for negotiation. But how can you tell?
Once you have an offer (or several, if you’re lucky), start by asking yourself “what do I like about this job offer?” Look at the whole package: is the work interesting? Do you like the company, the location, the co-workers or supervisors you’ve met? Is this a good launching point for your career? What about non-salary aspects, like benefits, vacation, working hours? Take a look at the Offer Comparison Chart in your copy of the Career Services Handbook for a longer list of factors to consider. Above all, remember one thing: no one can pay you enough to make you happy doing a job you don’t like.
If you have only one offer, keep in mind …
by | December 5, 2008
This is an exciting time of year with students deciding among offers and others increasing their job search efforts. Those of you who have not accepted employment shouldn’t despair. There will be opportunities next quarter. You should take advantage of break to reconsider your job search strategy.Read More
Sometimes, employers ask me to print out candidate resumes. You gave us permission to do so when you signed your registration card. Sometimes the resumes are bad. They may have misspelled or misused words, formatting errors or other problems. I cringe when an employer points out errors on a student’s resume. Don’t count on spell check. It will not pick up word usage errors. One student wrote that he maintained an impressive grade point average while working 40 hours weakly (vs. weekly.) If it has been a while since you have had your resume reviewed, have it done again before winter quarter …
December 2, 2008
This entry features guest writer James Rule, who is a senior welding engineering student...Read More
It's been my experience thus far that at a young age of being a freshman or sophomore, you start hunting and dreaming of jobs that pay a lot of money and what you will do with all this money. All good and fine. It is also my experience that a majority of my classmates went looking for the highest paying jobs first, fairly obvious. Now to my personal experience thus far in my short life and shorter career, money isn't everything. That's right, I said it. Money is nowhere near everything. I am sure that eventually everyone will get to this point in their careers but sometimes it's too late to change. There are so many more factors that a student or young professional should ask themselves before they accept an offer, or even before they …