You’ve impressed the hiring manager and received a job offer for an exciting new role. But how can ensure the opportunity is going to tick all the boxes for you in the long run? After all, finding the ideal job isn’t just about dollar signs – it’s about the total package on offer.
While salary negotiation is a common part of the hiring process, many people don’t realise they can negotiate the perks and benefits as well. Whether it’s flexibility or training and professional development, locking in the right perks can make your working life significantly happier and more sustainable.
If you’re weighing up a new role but there are a couple of benefits missing that you absolutely must have, here are our top tips to help you approach the negotiation with confidence.
Know What to Negotiate and Be Flexible
A crucial part of finding the right job that’s a good fit for you is looking at the whole package and weighing it against what is most important to you.
The perks you are offered will often be based on your level of experience, and the unique circumstances of the role and organisation. Some of the popular ones that you can negotiate include:
- Flexible/hybrid working arrangements
Keep in mind that not every employer will be able to offer every benefit, so you may need to be flexible if you love everything else about the role. The key is identifying your top priorities and being willing to compromise in other areas to find a situation that is best for both parties.
Do Your Research
Before you dive in and start negotiating perks and benefits, you need to understand more about what is realistic for the employer and be able to back up what you’re asking for. This is where you should do your research on the company in question and learn what they currently offer to their employees.
The “Careers” or “Work for Us” page on the business’ website is a great place to start if you haven’t looked at it already, and employer review sites can help you gain some insight from an employee’s perspective. Websites such as Glassdoor and Indeed will allow you to determine previous job benefits offered for a range of roles, including the one that you’ve been offered. It can also be useful to look at other roles in the industry to get a broader idea of what benefits are typically available in your profession.
While negotiating perks and benefits can be complex, if you do the research and learn what’s standard for the industry, you’ll be in a better position to get what you want.
Decide Where You Can Compromise
It’s important to consider what is and isn’t negotiable for you when assessing perks and benefits. For example, if you’re a parent, working from home for part of the week may be something you need so that you can balance your home and working life. Reflecting on your needs and priorities can help you to figure out whether the role on the table is going to be right for you, and how you might be able to make it work.
Create a list of both your personal and professional goals and see how many of these converge. The perks and benefits you need as part of the job package could be flexible, but it’s vital to know which of them are dealbreakers. For example, if the employer wants you to relocate, are they paying for it? Compromise is key, but not on things that will make your personal life difficult or stunt your professional growth.
And don’t forget to ask about job benefits if you can’t see any specified in the offer. A lack of perks and benefits now doesn’t mean that you’ll somehow earn them later, and you must have the right boundaries in place so that you all know where you stand before you sign a contract.
Seek Specialist Support
While the process of negotiating perks and benefits can feel intimidating, remember that you don’t have to do it alone. Your recruiter can serve as the ‘go between’ for you and your potential new employer. They’ll take the time to understand what’s important to you in a role and can approach the employer on your behalf.
Not only does this alleviate the stress of negotiation, but it also boosts your chances of finding your perfect role. After all, a good recruiter will only put you forward for opportunities that are likely to be suitable for you, so always be honest with your consultant and give them feedback along the way.
Here at Evolve Talent, we regularly assist candidates in finding the next step in their careers, whether they are in the mining, construction, healthcare or technology sectors. We are specialists in the industries we work in and understand the types of benefits on offer, as well as how to negotiate them during the hiring process.
If you’re looking for a role that’s going to be a great fit for you, get in touch with our friendly team in Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne today.