If you don’t ask, you’ll never know what’s available to you. As one of Tempe’s top recruiting agencies, PrideStaff knows this is particularly true when you’re offered a new job and it comes time to negotiate the details. And despite what you might think there’s more to negotiate than just salary. Follow these tips so you can walk into your talks with total confidence – and out with the offer you want:
Tip #1: Know who to negotiate with.
The HR director called with the job offer. But they might not be the person to negotiate with. Every company has different hiring practices and procedures, so don’t jump into a conversation about salary and benefits with them. Ask who the point person is on these talks and connect with that individual.
Tip #2: Know what you’re worth.
Before you walk into any conversation, it’s vital you know what the job is worth. Unfortunately, most employers don’t include salaries in their job descriptions, so it’s hard to know what they’re thinking.
But that makes it all the more important to walk into negotiations with firm research to back up the salary range you’re asking for. Use resources such as salary calculators on Salary.com and Payscale.com. Also, talk with those in your field to discuss the going rate for professionals with your background and skill set. Leverage as many resources as possible so you have a solid grasp of what’s realistic.
Tip #3: Know what to negotiate.
When you’re researching salaries, also do some digging on the company. Reach out to anyone you know who already works there to try and uncover valuable information that can help you during negotiations. You might find out that vacation time is always up for negotiations, or that some employees can work from home during the week. Or you might find out that decision makers stand pretty firm on their initial offers. In any case, you’ll have a better sense of what you’re dealing with and where you can negotiate.
Beyond salary, you can also try and negotiate a more robust compensation package. Perks can include anything from your job title and start date, to paid time off, signing bonuses, continuing education reimbursement, and other paid-for expenses, such as your car (especially if you will be traveling a lot for work) and cell phone costs.
Ready to negotiate yourself into a new job in Tempe or Phoenix?
Call PrideStaff. As one of Tempe’s top recruiting agencies, we’re all about your job search success. We’ll take the time to get to know you and your career goals, so we can connect you with top employers and top jobs in Tempe. Contact PrideStaff today to learn more.