You’ve perfected your resume to make it to the job interview, and now you’ve aced that, too. In fact, a company with a new position just made you a job offer. This is great news, but now it’s time to have another conversation with human resources before signing on the dotted line. There might be a few things you have questions about, or you might need to disclose some additional information to make sure you start the job on the right foot. Either way, you can’t ignore these items. Make sure you alert a future employer about these things before accepting their offer.
1. You think the pay is too low
First things first: You should always ask for some time to review the offer, even if you feel the urge to accept right away. That will give you time to make sure you’re satisfied with the offer — including the pay. It used to be commonplace to expect a raise after working at a company for a year or so. But some companies are taking nontraditional approaches to future raises, and others don’t have the capacity to provide them at all. Plus, the typical 3% raise won’t lead to any life-changing rewards in the coming years. In other words: Make sure you’re content with the starting salary, and if you’re not, negotiate to try to make it higher.
Most employers will expect some negotiation with the first salary they offer, U.S. News & World Report states. Try replying to the HR contact, stating your enthusiasm for the job, but saying you believe your skills warrant a higher salary. Make sure to include the figure you have in mind, and see what happens from there. (If this is all new to you, U.S. News offers a way to begin that conversation.)
According to Monster, the key is to make the request a positive one. Emphasize your desire to join the team, but perhaps write that you need a little extra compensation to justify the switch from your current role to a new one at their company. If this is the first time you’ve negotiated anything in a job offer, Payscale offers another comprehensive tutorial about what to evaluate, and how to ask for items you feel are lacking.