If you think your job offer was good, you’re wrong.
The art of always negotiating for more.
Whenever someone tells me they’ve gotten a job offer, my immediate advice is to always negotiate for more.
It doesn’t matter what the offer is. Even if it’s more than what you had originally expected, you should still negotiate.
Think about it. What’s the worst that could happen? Your job offer being rescinded because you tried to negotiate?
If a company rescinds their offer to you simply because you tried to negotiate for what‘s in your best interests, that’s not a company you want to work for anyways. A company like that doesn’t have your best interests at heart. All they care about is money; to them, money is more important than team culture and the potential of what you could bring to the table. Imagine what would happen if you tried to ask for a raise in the future.
Negotiate everything. It doesn’t matter if you’re only getting an extra dollar off a flea market purchase or a even a few more days of free gym membership — the only thing that matters is that at least tried to negotiate.
When you get into the habit of negotiating, you set yourself up towards success simply because you’ll have achieved more than what someone who didn’t negotiate. Rewards might be small at first, but over a lifetime of accumulated benefits, you’ll already be ahead of your competitors.
Ask yourself what you want and set a goal. Establish a baseline. Once you have a clear idea of what you want to achieve, anything you negotiate beyond baseline will be a bonus. It’ll have been more than what you would’ve expected in the first place.
You’re worth a lot more than you think. Don’t underestimate yourself. Always negotiate for more.