Job Hunt Tips: Fresh Graduates, You Should Negotiate On These Job Perks


While it is true that fresh graduates should not be too picky on what job they should apply for, there are still things that young professionals should negotiate before accepting a certain role. Salary is an obvious starting point but it is not the only factor to consider for a job.

"It isn't unusual to be negotiating-especially for millennials," career expert Nicole Williams, founder of women-centric career brand WORKS and author of Earn What You're Worth, said. "Companies are used to this."

Williams added, via Motto, that young professionals should choose three of the following: more vacation time, a flexible schedule, a better title, transportation reimbursement, a severance package, office space and/or tuition reimbursement. Fresh graduates should weigh these things in terms of importance.

1. Vacation time. According to Williams, this is one of the easiest things to negotiate for since it does not cost employers as much.

2. Flexible schedule. Having a versatile schedule can save you time and money. This can also allow you to telecommute or work from home.

3. Job title. Try to ask for a new job title since it will affect your career in the future. You can go on LinkedIn and check the job titles of the people you look up to.

4. Transportation reimbursement. If you can, request for reimbursement on your travel expenses to and from work. This can actually save you thousands of dollars.

5. Severance package. This may not be the best thing to negotiate on if it's your first job. This negotiation is best left for people who have been with a company for a number of years.

6. Office space. Most of the time, if you don't ask for a centrally located workspace, you'll be dumped into a random cubicle. It also allows you to build relationships with your workmates.

7. Tuition reimbursement. Some employers may be hesitant in footing the bill of your master's degree. However, there may be some who are willing to do so.

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