The job search process poses a variety of challenges, from the application and interview through the contract negotiation. Many people feel ill-equipped for effective negotiations and settle for less-than-ideal terms as a result.
As you begin your job search, there are four tips to help with successful negotiation of the contract.
1. Know the industry
Before beginning any contract negotiation, familiarize yourself with the industry to grasp the bigger picture. Understand the expected pay scales and the scope of the competition so that you can develop a rational, supported position in the negotiation.
2. Know your worth
Understand the value of your role, experience and education for informed negotiation. Familiarize yourself with the income expectancy for people in similar positions with comparable experience. This makes it easier to advocate for your position.
3. Have a goal in mind
A successful negotiation benefits from setting a goal. Know what you hope to get from the process, including your complete compensation package. That means considering not only salary but also benefits and stock options. Consider what feels equitable for your position as you negotiate your employment contract.
4. Work with an attorney
Working with an attorney ensures that you have someone working on your behalf to represent your interests. Choose someone with experience in your industry to help ensure fairness in your contract.
Preparing for contract negotiations in your job search helps you fight for the salary and compensation package you feel is right for you. These are four tips that will empower you to approach your contract negotiation with confidence.