When receiving written employment offers, read the offer and make sure that you understand the details. Various aspects of the offer may be negotiated depending on the industry. Work with a career counselor to determine if negotiating is appropriate.
Prioritize what is most important to you
- Interest in the type of position, employer, and industry
- Values (helping others, work/life balance, salary, etc.)
- Geographic location
- Other factors
Understand the offer
- What position is being offered?
- How does the offer reflect the work you want to do and the type of organization you want to work with?
- What is the rate and schedule of pay?
- How does the rate of pay and your expected budget compare with the cost of living?
- How does the offer compare with the research you have conducted to learn about typical salaries for people with your education and experience?
- What is the employment start date?
- What type of benefits and insurances (health, pension , educational, other) and at what cost?
- What is the amount of vacation and holiday time?
- When does the employer expect you to make a decision?
- If you have questions about any aspect of the offer, ask your contact within the organization. Employers are bound by ethical standards and should:
- Provide accurate information about their organization, position, career advancement opportunities, and benefits.
- Provide candidates with a reasonable amount of time to make a decision about the offer.
- Offer fair and equitable assistance if, because of changing circumstances, an employer must revoke a job offer.
Determine Your Worth - Research Salary Information
- Bureau of Labor Statistics
- The National Association of Colleges and Employers offers the most accurate compensation data available: The NACE Salary Calculator Center
- NACE Salary Survey available in the Career Services Center
- Glassdoor.com gives you an inside look at company reviews, interview questions, & salary information for thousands of companies.