First, celebrate! The process of finding and landing a new job is anything but easy. This hiring manager knows your worth and you deserve a job that makes you feel good about the work you do. Once you’re done celebrating, it’s important to evaluate the offer you’ve been given. Exploring details such as the hourly pay rate, what benefits (if any) come with the job, shift schedule, and growth potential is essential. Before accepting a job offer, doing your homework is important.
Make Sure You Are Offered a Competitive Wage
First, you’ll want to do some research and make sure that your new opportunity is offering a competitive wage. You can go online and search your job title and how much the average pay for this job is in your city. You can also ask friends, family, your social network, or JobGet’s community to see if people are willing to share how much they make in similar roles. Discussing money can be uncomfortable, but it’s important to make sure you will be earning fair pay.
If the offer aligns with your expectations and the average offers you’ve seen and heard about – great! If the offer seems to pay too little or does not include the right benefits, we encourage you to have that conversation before accepting the offer. The worst that happens is that the hiring manager lets you know they are unable to make any changes and you accept or reject the offer on your own terms.
Negotiating Pay & Benefits
If you feel as though your initial offer is not competitive with what other companies are reporting, we encourage you to embark on the negotiation process. When negotiating pay, it’s important to come prepared. If you found average hourly pay online, screenshot or print out your findings. If you know of companies that pay more for similar roles, be ready to share that information. Having concrete facts will prove to the hiring manager that you have done your research and are serious about the role. Be sure to cross-examine working conditions, hours, and responsibilities in relation to the pay provided.
If you’re not able to negotiate the hourly pay, but you still feel like the pay is too low, you can try to negotiate for paid time off, a more ideal schedule, promotion guarantees, or other benefits. The negotiation process doesn’t have to be solely focused on pay!
Get Familiar With The Expectations of Your New Role
Now that you’ve talked to the hiring manager, negotiated if necessary, and accepted the offer – make sure you are 100% aware of the expectations of this new job. You can have this conversation before starting or on your first day if you’re already committed to the role. However, we recommend bringing up this topic when discussing the offer with your hiring manager! Knowing what you’re in for prior to showing up for your first day can help you be more prepared and set you up for success.
Before Signing, Ask Informed Questions
When discussing the expectations of your new role, there are a few key topics to bring up. Of course, the duties you discuss will depend on the specific job you are applying for, so use these talking points as a general outline!
Does the hiring manager have a training plan in place? How long does this training period last?
What are the specific expectations of what you should be doing in your first 30 days on the job?
What does success look like in this role?
Are there any existing goals for the team that you should be aware of?
How will your performance be evaluated?
All of these things can be easily overlooked when you’re excited about a new role, but they are key to your success and your happiness at the new job. We hope this guide helps you as you begin your new opportunity!
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