Congratulations on your job offer! Now it's time to review the offer with a critical eye toward what you want and then negotiate what isn't there. Employers expect you'll negotiate the offer, and it's important you approach negotiations professionally.
Job Acceptance & Negotiation
Know what you want and see if they offer it.
Through negotiations, you can make requests and raise questions while giving the employer the means to respond. These steps can help you prepare for negotiations.
- Negotiate in person or over the phone, rather than via email.
- Be prepared to justify why you would like a higher salary, signing bonus, etc. Check out the Kelley Indianapolis salary statistics.
- Research salaries via National Association of Colleges and Employers, SalaryExpert.com, GlassDoor.com, Salary.com and Payscale.com.
- Be sure to factor in cost-of-living.
- Consider non-salary benefits such as vacation, benefits, work-life balance, flexible work schedule options and opportunities for promotion.
Where you work matters.
Below is a cost-of-living comparison among three major U.S. cities. It will give you an idea of how daily expenses vary depending on where you find employment.
Loaf of bread
Gallon of milk
(for one person)
(for one-bedroom apartment)
Monthly bus pass
(monthly for an apartment)
Source: number.com/cost-of-living, as of 2017
If your new job takes you to a new city, state or country, take some time to research your new location.
- US Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Directory will help you learn about any city in the United States with investor-grade insight.
- Home Fair provides city reports, school reports and cost-of-living calculations, and it estimates moving costs.
- Neighborhood Scout offers interactive looks at neighborhoods as well as employment, school and crime data for a given U.S. city.
- Sperling's Best Places is a cost-of-living calculator with data on schools, crime rates, home prices and city rankings.
- Livability ranks the best small- to mid-sized cities in the U.S. every year.