(Closed) Negotiating a job offer — for a higher salary — would you?

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 17
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I need more info to respond.  Are you currently working or unemployed?  If employed, how does their offer compare to your current salary?  Was your requested pay what you currently make (to where this would equal a paycut) or were you looking to get a raise?

I’ve never tried negotiating because I’ve never felt a need to.  But I have taken a large paycut before (read: over $25K) to get into a job that made me happier and more fulfilled.  Money isn’t everything so long as you make enough to pay the bills and have a little fun money on the side.

Post # 18
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Always negotiate. Companies expect you to – no one will withdraw a job offer because you tried to negotiate. 

 

Ive been at the other end, as a manager offering a certain salary to make an employee permanent. I told her “the max is $x” but I knew that if she said no, I could go back to HR and they would raise the maximum because we really wanted to keep her. I couldn’t tell her to say no, though! 

Unfortunately she accepted it…

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Always negotiate.  I’ve only had one company not budge on their offer, but they didn’t withdraw it.  Didn’t take me long to learn I didn’t want to work there anyway – I’d have been laid of by now for sure!  They may pressure you to decide, but the truth is it will take them longer to recruit another candidate than to negotiate an agreeable compromise with you.

When I took this job I had three competing offers and I told them so.  I was offered more money, vacation, and a signing bonus.  A signing bonus is easy for companies since it’s a one-time expense, not recurring like salary, and they usually make you promise to stay for 2-3 years in exchage for it.  I did specifically ask for more vacation since I don’t like to be at work.  🙂

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@Miss Mochaccino:  Based on the extra information you gave, considering 1) this is a part time position and 2) the rate is consistent with what they pay others with your licensure status (even if it disregards some of your experience) I don’t think it would be worth it to fight for an extra 4K, when there are other applicants out there vying for the same job.

Will the company agree to raise the rate once you complete your licensure? Will they let you work full time at that point as well? If they will, I would go for it. It gets you the experience you need and gets you working in the field you want, and also gets you a full work week between the two jobs.

Post # 23
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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@ChemistryBride:  “Based on the extra information you gave, considering 1) this is a part time position and 2) the rate is consistent with what they pay others with your licensure status (even if it disregards some of your experience) I don’t think it would be worth it to fight for an extra 4K, when there are other applicants out there vying for the same job.

Will the company agree to raise the rate once you complete your licensure?”

I totally agree with your thoughts here.  OP – I would take the job at the current offer but see if they will commit to raising the pay once you get enough hours to complete your licensure.

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