Employment Guide

Offers & Negotiation

Offers & Negotiation

Congratulations! Getting a job offer can feel like crossing the job search finish line, but before you accept an offer and do a victory lap, it’s important to remember a job offer is more than just a salary. Make sure to evaluate all aspects of the offer, consider negotiating the offer prior to making a decision. Understand the Offer

• Job title • Deadline for responding • Supervisor’s name • Wage/salary • Job desc /responsibilities • Start date An official job offer will provide information/ clarification on the following:

Clarifying Questions that Support Future Negotiation Can I negotiate this offer? What is the outlook for salary raises or promotions? Can I get the offer in writing? What metrics do you use to evaluate success of your employees?

Employers will let you know if the offer is contingent on passing a background check or drug screening. When you receive an offer, ask for it in writing and ask the employer to clarify any aspects that are not clear to you. You may also receive benefits information. If this information is not provided with the offer, request this information be sent prior to making a decision (benefits during Co-op and Internships will be much more limited than professional positions designed for new graduates/alumni). Benefits may include:

Pension Life insurance Relocation/moving expenses

Retirement (401K or 403b plan) Profit sharing Educational assistance/tuition reimbursement

Health insurance (medical, dental, vision) Disability insurance (short & long term) Personal time off (vacation &/or sick) Equity or stock options Incentive based pay (merit pay)

Training and development Health and fitness programs Bonus – signing bonus or performance Commission/merit pay


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