a Salary Offer
Meg Montford, Business & Career Coach
a proven fact: To return to work following a layoff, you may have
to accept a lower salary than the one you enjoyed in your previous
position. However, there are a few strategies to employ to try
to boost your financial point of entry.
Take some time to consider any salary offer. Ask for at
least 24 to 48 hours. Silence is golden or it can become
so when you let it hang there awhile following an
initial offer. Dont rush to
fill the quiet void.
Weigh any offer against the companys
expectations of you in the position rather than your personal
needs. The company has put itself on the line with its offer.
Rest assured they have a cap, but you may have some wiggle room
based upon how much value the company perceives you can bring
Prior to any job interview, compare salaries
for similar positions. Websites such as Salary.com
offer tools for research. Knowing your own worth, and why a company
would want to hire you, gives you bargaining power. A salary offer
itself is testament to the fact that the company perceives your
Write a counter-offer letter thanking the company
for its offer, recap why they say they want you, and enthusiastically
proclaim your desire to join their team provided they reconsider
the amount of their offer. Base your counter-offer
on the research you hav done regarding salaries in this field.
Accept the risk involved with this approach and be prepared to
walk away if it doesnt work.
Know when its no longer in your best interest to keep negotiating
and then move on to the next opportunity. Usually, if the situation
doesnt feel quite right, it isnt. You won't be happy
working wherever you feel you are the proverbial square peg in
a round hole if you feel you were taken advantage of.
all else, celebrate your accomplishment that you got an offer!
Although our economy is beginning its recovery, securing employment
is still a challenge to many. No matter the size of the salary
offer, by receiving one you have received a vote of confidence
that an employer values what YOU have to offer.