When people receive a job offer, many people don’t negotiate at all. They take the offer at face value and either accept it or reject it completely. This is a mistake, however. Some places might be willing to pay more but want to see if you will accept lower. Other places may not be able to pay you more, but there are other things that they are willing to negotiate on.
- Vacation time. Time off is one of the best things to negotiate on. This could be how many days of PTO you start out with, how many days a year you add to the PTO, or how many holidays you get (many office offer the main holidays off with pay plus a couple extra for religious or cultural holidays. You may be able to add a couple onto this).
- Working from home. Another thing you might be able to negotiate on is having the opportunity to telecommute two or three days a week. This cuts down on commuting time and gives you the opportunity to work in a peaceful environment (assuming your kids are all in school).
- Salary. You have to be careful when you choose to negotiate on salary. Never bring up salary before you receive a formal offer. Be reasonable and try to come to a win-win solution.
Remember that if you receive a job offer, it’s because you were the best candidate who applied, so they’re going to be willing to work with you on coming to a deal that you’re both happy with.