How to Negotiate a Job Offer – Workshop Overview

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.

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Your Nails Might be the Reason You Don’t Get the Job

 french_manicure_443“People respond to how you dress so like it or not this is what you have to do.” – Harvey Specter, Suits

My favorite fictional character and unrealistic idol makes a great point. After working at a law firm over the summer, I got close to some of the people working there. I encountered some of relationships between your appearance and getting hired. There was an amazing office manager who was on top of everything. She ran the entire office and conducted all the intern interviews. What she told me (which was definitely not what I thought), definately changed my life in terms of how I will conduct and appear during future interviews.

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