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 am and probably will always be an introvert. While I’m fully capable of initiating and engaging in conversation with strangers, it’s not something I seek out voluntarily, nor is it something I enjoy. But here I am, 3 months into my new job as Campus Representative for Kaplan Inc; a job in which approaching strangers, engaging in small talk and promoting Kaplan’s services describes my role in its entirety. Needless to say, it has not been the most comfortable experience for me, but it’s been an amazing learning experience and I feel it has benefited my personal development more than any job I have ever taken upon.