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06/22/10
Negotiating and Deciding. Another offer
Filed under: Public Relations docs, Job Offer (Situations)
Posted by: site admin @ 6:02 pm

It is rewarding to receive messages like the following:

“FROM:  [left out)
TO:       me
SUBJ:  Employment offer

Dear Dan,

Good news!  I got [an] email from Es. in the last hour.
They agreed to raise their starting salary to 68K…
[$5K increase over initial offer.]

They also agreed to assist me in getting permanent
residency.  And I got this in writing in the email. 
Please see the following revised offer.  I would
be happy to know your comments and suggestions
for next steps.”

RESPONSE:
“Dear Mark [not real name],

Thank you for the email.  Isn’t this encouraging
news from. Es… This is an offer that is more realistic,
especially considering the bonus plan,

 1  although still does not cover your medical and
dental expenses for the first three months.
  That is
nearly $4-5K. 

  2  The vacation package is also shorter than many. 

   3  Finally it is important that they offer you a
househunting trip after you agree to work with them.

     4  Nonetheless you have unfinished business
with M.M.[not real initials]  Please consider calling
the hiring manager to make your case.  You have a
very attractive offer in hand and you would like to ask
for his help.  Can he tell you that he would like you to
be in M.M’s future plans?  {He interviewed here and
likes the company and the opportunity it provides.]

   5  If you finish choosing your best career move,
accept the offer where you wish to go
first. 
              a. Do it first orally on the phone,
              b  then in a formal letter detailing all the
details of the offer.  Do it enthusiastically and include
a formal starting date which you have agreed with them on.

The finishing details are as important as all those in
between.  To help, look at Al Sklover’s blog on
employment law
.

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