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 have spent the last two months attending counseling on resumes, cover letters and interviews; applying for jobs online, and meeting with employers. I have heard sayings such as “when you don’t have a job, it is your full-time job to search for one,” and “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” I figured, it can’t be that difficult, you just put in the time and, like school, you apply where you want, they realize your merit and bam! you’ve got a dream job that you’re passionate about and pays really well… How naïve of me. I have agonised over cover letters and resumes, with each application requiring 5 hours of grueling preparation. I have been faced with rejection time after time, and all of it has had a mental toll on me. Coming out of McGill, I have hardly had to prove my merits because they were there clearly posted on my transcript. I had rarely been rejected for research or VP positions that I had wanted. Now, I am stewing in self-doubt, doubting my credentials and my ability to work, and I am unsure of what kind of work I want to do. In order to snap out of it, I have found that the greatest way to get my spirits up is to relate to others. Here are 3 groups of people that are helping me piece out this time in my life.
McGill Connect (the Ten Thousand Coffees networking platform) is taking off and people are seeing great results. It makes it easy to break the ice and ask professionals out for a meet…because in being on the platform, they’ve agreed to be open to meeting. It’s engaging, interactive, easy to use and incredibly resourceful. There’s even a tinder-esque feature that can randomly show you profiles based on your interests.
I love it. It’s tech-savvy and progressive and so easy to use. Although, it can be nerve racking. Especially for those of us just starting out. I know a lot of people that think talking on the phone is weird, let alone contacting a stranger to sit down for life chats about their ambitions.
Recently, my boss did something saintly. It really hit her one afternoon that I love writing and social media…and she knows social media writers. To be honest, I was incredibly flattered that she read any of my pieces at all. She ended up contacting major social media McGill staff to see if they would like to meet with a humble, young blogger. Much to my appreciation, they accepted.
So I attended an interview for a medical scribe position and was turned down a few weeks back. I would like to share some information on this exciting job, why I was turned down, and how I used what I learned to succeed in something else. (more…)
I respond in saying I’m a gopher. You know like, “Go for this..” and “Go for that…”.I rather like the phrase and think it fits, as my job has a certain malleability that anyone beginning in an assistant 9-5 position can relate to.
I’ve tried asking my other coworkers that Work Study with me and they seem to run into the same problem.
“We kind of just do a little bit of everything.” I’ll explain what this means.
Everything is about how you word it. Vocabulary makes impressions and makes pace. It gets you going and keeps your audience involved and on the same page. Therefore, it’s important to know what key words and phrases can be modified to step up your game and sound professional.
The original Catch-22 came from Joseph Heller’s novel Catch-22. A squadron of airmen were assigned a dangerous mission and the only way out is to declare your own insanity and therefore be unfit for the mission. Catch-22 was a rule that stated any airmen fearing a dangerous mission is being rational and therefore not insane. This paradox left the squadron with no choice but continue on to a journal they know they might not return.
Take ten minutes. I’ve probably read this book or watched this speech a hundred times. It always helps should I feel like I’m going out of my mind with essays and work and the idea of my life purpose. All of those wonderful, maddening things can make one feel lost and uncertain, but this speech has never let me down.
The inspiration, humour, and good advice never fail to get me back on track and in the midst of studying I find it only fitting to share my personal pick-me-up. It’s been useful in getting jobs, keeping jobs, discovering success and generally feeling more okay about my life than I did before.
I really just thought I’d be the coffee girl.Handing files to people, doing mechanical tasks and helping out around the camp whenever needed and at the service of everyone else.
My experience as a Camp Coordinator in an Ontario private schools’ international ESL summer program was much more than I expected in every way.