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Should you negotiate your job offer?

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Job hunting is one of the most stressful aspects of life so it is not surprising that when an offer is made the applicant accepts the position and compensation package without exception. In fact a survey by CareerBuilder.com found that 49% of workers accept the first offer given to them.

The survey of 5,075 hiring managers and full-time workers also found that 45% of employers expect to have to negotiate an offer.

Often pay scales are more rigid as fluctuations between employees with the same job description must be explained should a suit be brought against the company. In Michigan insurance, particularly healthcare insurance, is usually non-negotiable due to federal and state regulations.

But other aspects of the compensation could be negotiated. Most common is negotiating for added time off, especially during the first year. Companies often will concede extra benefits for employees that already have vacation plans or personal or professional commitments. Another benefit are supplemental insurances, especially if optional insurances such as those offered by AFLAC. Many times the employer will pay for these instead of having a payroll deduction made.

It is in the employee’s best interest to have the courage to bring up these concerns at the time of the offer because employment has started the employer’s flexibility diminishes rapidly.

© Max Impact, used with permission.

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