Life is full of negotiations and compromises. However, when we think about negotiating a job offer, the stereotypes of greedy, bossy and uncommitted people quickly surface. Many people fear that negotiating a job offer will lead to tension in the workplace, or even cause them to lose an offer*. Consequently, many people shy away from negotiating and from asking for a better work experience for themselves. To help us navigate the complexities of negotiating a job offer, McGill’s Career Planning Services (CaPS) hosted a workshop called “Negotiating Your Academic Job Offer” on March 30th, presented by Dr. Niem Huynh, as part of the Academic Career Week. Here, I summarize the main strategies for negotiating a job offer.
I was filling out a declaration form and I was so excited about the fact that for the first time the purpose of my trip was ‘business.’ I ended up skipping my introductory macroeconomics class to present my research paper at the World Economy Meeting in Santander, Spain. Ironic, eh? (I have actually taken upper-level economics courses, but I needed to take specifically ECON 209 as a prerequisite for a grad school course). As for the World Economy Meeting, it was my first time presenting at an international academic conference. It was also my first time in Spain. Read on to find out what I have learned, how I would enhance my experience at any future academic conference, and the culture shocks that I have experienced. (more…)