Job Acceptance Negotiation

Negotiating and accepting your new position.

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.

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.


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.