Career Insanity – Negotiating for what you want – Real Examples

Negotiate for what you wantOnce again, before I get started please go and watch my Cure for Career Insanity video.  I need two things from you.

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Real Examples

It is pretty amazing but I have had a couple of people respond to me that my last couple of posts came exactly at the right time for them.

Example #1

I am currently working with a client who expects an offer in the next week.  He has been working for the same employer for over 30 years.  I have him very focused on the work environment and following his gut instincts. He is currently working on the intangible/non-financial requirements so that when the offer letter comes he is prepared.  This includes vacation with specific dates, office and home office requirements, his exact start date (he is relocating and wants to take a month off) and other non-financial requirements.

I will have him negotiate all of this including the exact dates for his vacation before he gets to the financial numbers.

Example #2

A good friend just received a job offer.  He had a family vacation planned for this June to one of the large theme parks. The first thing to be negotiated would be that vacation.

The big thing is you have to have a clear list of what you want from a non-financial perspective before you get the offer. 

Start making that list now!

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  1. Liz Gregory says:

    One of the biggest things people forget about is that vacation, or whatever else they have planned for the coming year. Walking in, you frequently will not have vacation days already, and may have to accrue them before you can take the time off that you have planned. Stating that you expect to be able to follow through with plans already made saves your stress level and shows an employer that you will honor commitments that you make.
    Another point of negotiation to think about – family. Do you have young children who have a deplorable tendency to get sick inconveniently? What is the policy for taking family sick days? When I was teaching, my husband took all the sick days for my toddler, because the school district was inflexible about sick and vacation days. Are you planning on having a family and want N number of weeks maternity/paternity leave? Do you have an elderly relative or someone else in your family for whom you are the emergency “go to” person. These things will be affected in the first year of a new job while you acrue time and “prove yourself” to your new bosses and colleagues. Negotiate it ahead of time.

    • Marc Miller says:

      You got it Liz. These items are far more important than money and should be negotiated before you even get to the financial issues.

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