Negotiating a Better Package for Your New Job

It takes a lot of courage to negotiate money matters with your recruiters, but with enough research and practice, you should be able to engage in an informed discussion to settle on your financial worth.
Gradsingapore Author Team
The gradsingapore Team

Just thinking about talking to graduate applicants about negotiating salary, benefits and remuneration packages may lead you to think along the terrified lines of: “What if they decide not to hire me because I asked for more?”

Navigating negotiations for salary, benefits, and remuneration packages can be pretty tricky, especially when you’re a fresh grad applying for a job for the first time. First of all, most are not sure when, how, or how much to push for. And secondly, if done wrong, it can result in an unfavourable position.

In order to negotiate effectively, you’ll have to do some homework and investigation if you want to convince your recruiter to agree with your appeal. Sprouting something like, “Because I’m worth the price” isn’t going to cut it!


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What is your price?

Although everyone has their own salary range in mind, remember that you will need to adapt your expectations according to the type of job you’re applying to. For instance, you might want to be more reserved about your negotiation in extremely structured jobs, such as management consulting jobs; or jobs where there is an enormous amount of supply.

Also, take note of the culture of the organisation and industry: How much are most applicants to this company requesting during their negotiations?


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Research the employer and the market

Keep in mind that during the negotiations, most recruiters will usually start off on the lower end of your range, so it is up to you to persuade them into agreeing to a higher amount. A good trick to use is to quote a figure towards the higher end because it’ll give you some space to negotiate.

But if you know that the company you’re applying to generally starts new employees off around between $2,500, don’t overprice yourself by requesting for $3,000.

If recruiters ask you how you arrived at your range, telling them that “it’s the market price of a graduate” is a big no-go! Instead, promote your available skill sets and how you can help develop the company better than the other applicants.

Conversely, there are also some recruiters who advertise the salary as a “negotiable” matter, which usually means that you’ll have to propose a number to the recruiter, and the negotiations will be done based on those numbers instead. Don’t attempt to jack your price up just because you’re given the opportunity to get the ball rolling.

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Other things to take note of

Because the recruitment process is when both you and the employer assess your suitability for each other, be sure to weigh your salary range against your long-term career objectives, the experience that you want to gain and the company culture that you will be working in.

Mull over some of the compensations that you may be offered in return for what could be a lower salary offered. This could include things like private health cover, the provision of a car, the quality of your technology assistance, or even bonuses. Discuss these in detail, such as about the basis on which the bonuses are paid. If you’re not sure how to go about this, ask experienced family and friends about what to look out for before you go for your interview!

If you’re going to explore the boundaries, however, be prepared to do thorough research on the company’s needs and objectives. Draw up a basic outline of how you intend to achieve the criteria you set for yourself to help the company realise its goals too. Come prepared with your outline as it indicates preparation on your part. If the recruiters agree to your proposition, then you’ll have to make sure that the information is clearly reflected in your contract of employment.


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