Negotiating Job Offers

48 percent of Baby Boomers and 46 percent of Generation Xers negotiated their first job offers. Comparatively, only 38 percent of Gen Yers (millennials) negotiated theirs. Generational differences aside, one thing is for certain, “You don’t get what you don’t ask for.”

Whether you’re a high-level employee or recent college graduate, the ability to negotiate is a valuable skill. Recognizing your strengths and being able to present them in writing and verbally provides great leverage in negotiating.

More than that, the simple act of asking can yield positive results. Three quarters of those from either generation received the pay increase they asked for or at least a smaller raise.

You don’t have to accept the first job, salary or benefits offered to you. If either is not what you want, you can always negotiate. However, before entering any negotiation be prepared knowing what you want and have a strategy for presenting your case.

How to negotiate your salary for an entry-level position

The five keys to negotiating your salary

A job offer also includes other forms of compensation beyond salary called benefits. A benefit may include elements like heath insurance, paid leave (time off), tuition reimbursement and various other very attractive items of value, which can be negotiated.

6 Things to Negotiate for BESIDES Salary