If your negotiating stops at the salary, you could be leaving a lot on the table.
Most of us can’t relate to the concept of “more money, more problems.” We’re all looking for a bigger paycheck. However, your salary may have a limit based on your industry and experience level; no amount of negotiating will up the offer from $70,000 a year to $700,000, or even $140,000. But hiring experts say there are a whole lot of other perks and benefits you should be negotiating for, such as a flexible schedule and higher education tuition help—all you have to do is ask. HR pro and author Carol L. Kardas explains, “If you don’t ask, you won’t receive. Don’t be afraid to negotiate no matter what the position or level of the job. You will feel better that you received something and will be a more engaged employee for it.”
Check out the following perks and benefits that you should be thinking about next time you are considering a job offer. And remember, advises recruiter Liz Dooley, “Whatever perks that were discussed during the interview process, make sure to get those promises in writing. People can make promises in the interview process, but many times things get changed after the person starts, and if the candidate doesn’t have it in writing they have no recourse.” Help gauge your worth by learning the most valuable traits an employee can have.
Paid time off
“The most obvious perk is increasing paid time off instead of salary. Job seekers often overlook perks like working from home, shifted schedules, or even budget to go to conferences. Think of something you wished you had in your last job that could improve your working life and ask for it. You would be surprised how flexible an employer can be with perks versus income. You might end up with a nice working arrangement you would not have expected otherwise!” —Austin Grandt, founder of Financial Toolbelt
“These days no job is guaranteed or stable, so you need to think less about the 401K and more about the training opportunities you will have that will look good on your LinkedIn profile. Many Gen-X bosses believe in trial by fire—throw you in and see if you survive! This does not work for most millennials. Ask what the first 30 days will look like and your potential boss’s idea of how you will be brought up to speed in your new position.” —Dr. Caroline Thorpe, MFT, Executive Coach, Kohler & Company