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LSUTOM07
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Negotiating salary for first job

Has anyone had success negotiating salary straight out of school? If you could go back how would you approach it?

Engineering field if it matters.




Tiger Authority
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re: Negotiating salary for first job
Do you actually have more than one offer?


ellishughtiger
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re: Negotiating salary for first job
Just go with the base and expect a 5% raise the following year.


SabiDojo
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re: Negotiating salary for first job
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Engineering field if it matters.



Did you go to M.I.T.? If so, write a figure on a piece of paper.


ellishughtiger
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re: Negotiating salary for first job
Did you go to M.I.T.? If so, write a figure on a piece of paper.

DO NOT DO THIS!!!!!


SabiDojo
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re: Negotiating salary for first job
I wasn't being serious.


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OldHickory
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re: Negotiating salary for first job
Whatever you do, be forceful and make some joke about screwing his wife. Bosses respect that and it sets precedent.


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LSUTOM07
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re: Negotiating salary for first job
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Do you actually have more than one offer?


Starting to look like I might. Not all in the same field though. I don't want to settle for the lower end of what is reasonable if I feel that they will work with me.


GregMaddux
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re: Negotiating salary for first job
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If you could go back how would you approach it?



Me: *looks at paper*
Me: Are you serious?
HR Guy: Well, it's pretty stan..
Me: *interrupting* Listen here *forgets his name for a second* BRIAN, this is an insult. I'll be back tomorrow at 8. Talk to your superiors. If I'm not impressed I'm walking out.
Me: Show me that you want me. Good day.


LSUSUPERSTAR
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re: Negotiating salary for first job
RETAINER!!


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Tiger Authority
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re: Negotiating salary for first job
Think long term. Pick the job, regardless of pay, that will be more beneficial down the line.


LSUTOM07
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re: Negotiating salary for first job
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Just go with the base and expect a 5% raise the following year.



But do you think a company would get pissed if you wanted 5-10% more to start? I feel like I am cheating myself if I take the first offer but I don't want to lose an offer either


LSUTOM07
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re: Negotiating salary for first job
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Pick the job, regardless of pay, that will be more beneficial down the line.


I guess that's a good point. If I do work, the pay should follow


MikeD
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ellishughtiger
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re: Negotiating salary for first job
most likely if it is your first job out of college there is no room for negotiating unless you had a pretty sweet summer intership. Just take what is offered after a few months/year your super will acknowledge your effort and offer you a raise


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GregMaddux
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re: Negotiating salary for first job
Did you co-op with them?

Do you actually have another offer you're interested in?



xLxSxUxFxAxNx
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re: Negotiating salary for first job
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first offer


well. if you are hurting for money then take it. how long have you been looking? did you just graduate this past fall? it's been 3 months and you are just getting your first offer then you may want to heavily consider it. if you are graduating this spring and you are getting your first offer, well there might be a reason they are offering it so quickly.


LSUTOM07
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re: Negotiating salary for first job
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Did you co-op with them?


No. I don't graduate until the fall so I still have one more summer to intern.

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Do you actually have another offer you're interested in?


Only one offer as of right now. I have had multiple interviews and still have a few more this month. I'm hoping to get a few more phone calls if all goes well.



LSUTOM07
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re: Negotiating salary for first job
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did you just graduate this past fall?


I graduate next fall


xLxSxUxFxAxNx
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re: Negotiating salary for first job
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If I do work, the pay should follow


or you may be thankful to have a job later because people are being laid off due to lack of projects.


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