I got the message in the picture from one of my LinkedIn connections sometimes ago and I am so glad. He had interviewed for a job and was given an offer. He wanted a better pay and at the same time he did not want to lose the opportunity to work at the company so he was afraid to negotiate.
I encouraged him to draft an email to negotiate the offer with the potential employer, I reviewed the mail and he sent it. He was offered the job with a slightly better offer.
The lessons from this are as follows;
- Do not be afraid to ask for improved remuneration if you are worth it.
- Explain politely the reasons why they should increase the offer, such as your past experience, knowledge of the industry, network of contacts you have & maybe existing private financial obligations.
- Most employers usually do not mind adding a few bucks to an offer if they like the candidate, so try to ask.
- While negotiating, show an interest that you intend to work for the company and would appreciate a raise in the offer due to financial needs, commitments and what you have to offer the company
- Stay polite and do not have an entitled approach while negotiating.
This has worked for me and many people I know even in the most structured and well established firms. You need to believe it is possible and be willing to go for it.
All the best.