Counter Offers: Do They Merit Consideration?

Written by David Richter

You are one ofrepparttar fortunate few who have not been downsized. However, your current job isn’t exactly fulfilling. Perhaps it isn’t what you enjoy doing. Mayberepparttar 135038 hours are too long. Perhaps you are having some conflicts with your supervisor. Your salary may not be on par with average job salaries forrepparttar 135039 same type and level of position, or not come close to what you feel you are worth. Whateverrepparttar 135040 reason(s), you have decided to enter into a job search.

So you begin your search. You work hard and spend quite a bit of time searching for your new job. Your efforts are finally rewarded; you have received an offer. Congratulations! Now comesrepparttar 135041 hard part. Wait a minute! Did I just say “now comesrepparttar 135042 hard part”? What am I talking about? The hard part is finding your new job, isn’t it?

If you are employed while searching for a job, you must inform your present employer that you have received an offer of employment elsewhere. When you give notice, two things can happen. Either your present employer will accept, with regret, your decision, or they will do whatever they can to persuade you to stay.

Your present employer probably spent a lot of time and money hiring and then training you. They are accustomed to your work habits and abilities, and know you work in harmony with your peers. You have achieved a number of accomplishments during your tenure there. To find your replacement at this juncture would be costly.

Job Offer Negotiations: Getting What You Want

Written by David Richter

You have worked hard at finding your next job. You have come through many obstacles and have reached your career objective. You have received a job offer. You’re thrilled. Mission accomplished. After all, what else is left to do?

A majority of job candidates do not negotiate their offer. They are happy just to have received it. They just want to start their new job and start getting paid again. Besides, there's a myth thatrepparttar process of negotiating could turnrepparttar 135037 employer off and causerepparttar 135038 offer to be rescinded? Does this kind of thinking sound familiar?

Offer negotiations are certainly an optional part ofrepparttar 135039 job search process. You don’t have to negotiate. Should you? Absolutely! In fact, when you don’t negotiate, negative ramifications can occur.

For example, you’re in Sales or Customer Support or any other profession that requires a persuasive style. As a final “test”, an employer may extend to yourepparttar 135040 position contingent upon how persuasive you are at negotiatingrepparttar 135041 offer. If you don’t negotiate, or negotiate poorly, you lose. A runner-up may be offeredrepparttar 135042 position on a similar basis.

Even if you are not in a profession that requires a persuasive style, you should seriously consider engaging in a negotiating process. Employers expect you to negotiate. There is always a higher amount that you can receive over and aboverepparttar 135043 compensation you are initially offered. How much more will be a function ofrepparttar 135044 bargaining chips you have, andrepparttar 135045 finesse used to negotiate them.

Let’s take stock ofrepparttar 135046 bargaining chips you may have: • Your educational degrees • Being currently employed (assuming you are) • Your level of expertise and number of years inrepparttar 135047 field • The salary you currently command • Your assessment of your true worth

Depending uponrepparttar 135048 type of position you are seeking, each of these areas has validity and relevance, and a specific “chip” value that can be called upon when negotiating. Probablyrepparttar 135049 most esoteric yet most valuable of these is your own assessment of worth.

Your true worth is far greater than your current compensation, or what a salary calculator would reveal. Your worth can be defined by what you bring torepparttar 135050 table that is unique and valuable. Look atrepparttar 135051 skills, strengths, core competencies, marketable assets and accomplishments you can declare as your own. This is what describes your uniqueness. It is what differentiates you fromrepparttar 135052 crowd.

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