Raising Up Your Job Offer
11 May 2018
Negotiating is legitimate and generally expected – but here's the key
You might feel quiet relief just to get a job offer, but negotiating for your offer package is legitimate and generally expected. Make a reasonable request that matches your level of expertise and common practice in your field – that’s the key.
How to Prepare
Learn salary ranges for your occupation and your industry to be sure your request is based on facts. Check Labor Market Information resources, or get help from the LMI Help Desk, staffed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Minnesota WorkForce Centers can also help you prepare for negotiations.
The low salary may be close to what workers starting in the field earn in your location. More experienced workers usually earn the median, while the most-skilled workers earn in the high range.
Consider the complete package of salary and benefits in a job offer. Early in your career, ongoing training or travel may add more value than higher pay. Taking jobs that expand your options may also pay off more than a higher salary at a job with little growth potential. Other benefits may include training and development opportunities, health insurance, bonuses, health club memberships, fridge full of sparking water, taking your dog to work, and more.
The goal should be a winning arrangement for all involved that recognizes fair compensation for your skills and experience.