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December 19, 2022

Job search 101: How to negotiate and accept a job offer like a pro

You've just been made a job offer for that position you've been dreaming about getting since you were in school. Congratulations! Now comes the hard part: negotiating and accepting the job offer. It can be intimidating, but don't worry—we've got your back. We'll walk you through how to professionally negotiate and accept a job offer, including salary negotiation tactics that will help you get the best deal possible. 

Express your gratitude and ask questions 

First off, express your enthusiasm for the job opportunity. This is a great way to start the conversation positively rather than coming across as demanding or unappreciative. Then, after expressing your gratitude, ask questions about what is included in the offer—like healthcare benefits or paid time off—and any other information that might be relevant to your decision-making process. Taking time to understand all aspects of the offer will help you decide if it is indeed the right fit for you and whether or not there is room for negotiation. 

Consider what is reasonable 

Before asking for more money, consider what is reasonable for the position and industry standards. Then, research similar jobs in your area and compare their salaries with yours. Having an understanding of what other employers are offering can bolster your argument when making requests for more money or better benefits packages.

Additionally, it will give you an idea of what is standard in terms of compensation, bonuses, vacation days, etc., so that you know what to expect when negotiating an offer from an employer.  

Don't be afraid to negotiate

When negotiations begin, have confidence in yourself—you have something valuable to offer this company, so don't be afraid to ask for more than they initially offered you! Think about trade-offs; maybe they can't give you more money but could provide additional benefits such as flexible hours or extra vacation days. If they refuse your request outright, explain why it's important to you and why they should reconsider their offer. The key here is being polite yet firm; no one likes someone who demands too much too soon!  

Negotiating and accepting a job offer doesn't need to be stressful. With these tips in mind—expressing gratitude for the opportunity, researching industry standards before asking for more money or better benefits packages, and staying firm yet polite throughout negotiations—you'll soon find yourself happily employed at your dream job without breaking a sweat!

Remember that employers look favourably upon people willing to negotiate fair offers; doing so professionally and respectfully will pay dividends down the road when considering future positions with different companies!

But if you're ready to start looking for that dream job, check our app and job board! Good luck out there.