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You're the National Champion of job search - now what

Phoenicians who sailed through the first and second rounds of interviews, are now waiting for the impending job offer, need to prepare. Yes, there is preparation involved in receiving a job offer and then possibly negotiating it. Review this checklist to ensure that you are really ready when you get the call.

  • Identify your opportunities to negotiate salary. Go on a salary calculating website like salary.com and enter as much information as possible to narrow down the range of salaries in your geography for a position similar to the one you are going to have.
  • Determine what your current health insurance needs are. When you get the offer in writing, ask for details on the healthcare, dental, and vision coverage if applicable. In most cases, this isn’t negotiable, but it’s important to have the information. You want to be able to know if you will have to purchase additional coverage based on your situation.
  • Set expectations for other benefits. Make a list of other benefits you discussed with people during the interview process or saw in the job posting. If those are not in the formal offer, be prepared to confirm that you have them.
  • List the other important things you want to know. This can include; date/time of your first day, any drug testing or DMV checks or other steps that the company will make the offer contingent upon, and information about your training and on-boarding schedule.