How to Negotiate Your First Full-Time Job

So you've been freelancing for awhile, but you are craving the stability of a full-time position, not to mention the benefits! Health insurance, retirement, and paid vacation days are starting to sound pretty good. 

Once you've found an employer with the perfect job, here's how to negotiate the perfect salary and benefits.

How to Negotiate: Tips for Future Full-Timers

Once you've decided to take the leap, it's time to polish up that resume and put on your networking hat. But what about your negotiating hat?

That first full-time position is going to require you to have a conversation you're probably not used to, so let's take a look at what you should be asking, and how to ask for what you want.

1.  Get Your Offer in Writing 

A hard copy of your offer is a good idea for multiple reasons. A verbal offer over the phone is great, but chances are you'll forget it in your excitement. It's just good to have a written copy so you know exactly what you're working with.

2. Prioritize Your Wants and Needs

What's most important to you? Is it the salary? Flexibility? Before you start negotiating, figure out exactly what you want and what is most important. Start with that.

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3. Find Out Who to Talk to About Benefits

The person who made you the offer may not be who you need to talk to for a thorough explanation of your benefits. Find out who that person is and go over your benefits package with them.

4. Find Out About Signing Bonuses and Moving Expenses

Now is the time to ask about these things. Don't be shy, many companies offer help with moving expenses so it doesn't hurt to ask.

5. Go Over Your Offer to Make Sure What You Discussed in the Interview Is There

Did you discuss anything specific in your interview in regards to hours, flexibility, or other requirements? Double check your offer, or talk to the person who hired you to confirm any details. Don't assume that because the interviewer nodded enthusiastically when you proposed your need to telecommute once a week means it's going to happen. 



It's Okay to Ask for What You Are Worth!

Negotiating your first job offer may feel awkward, but don't let fear stop you from avoiding it. Too many people fail to realize that negotiation is part of the hiring process. If they want you, then they will be willing to at least consider your proposals. Keep it friendly and professional, and focus on your highest priorities first. 

Looking for More?

Transitioning from a freelancer to a full-time employee has its challenges. Make the transition smoother by working with a staffing agency offering temp-to-hire positions.

This can help you learn more about the type of company you want to work for, and get you into the swing of things. Contact Artisan Talent to learn more. 

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