Focus on the right things when you’re negotiating for a job

Focus on the right things when you’re negotiating for a job

Focusing on salary is a frequent directive I hear from people negotiating for a position, but it’s important to focus on the right things when you’re negotiating for a job.
 
During the interviewing and hiring process, “How much am I going to get paid?” is a valid question on most people’s minds.
 
But it’s not the only question you should be asking as you negotiate your package.
 
In fact, I’d suggest that if you’re not thinking in broader terms about what you hope to gain from this job, you’re not really thinking about your future career.
 
Some things to focus on when you’re negotiating for a job, especially if you’re weighing two positions that might not pay exactly equally:
 
  • What kind of learning and development opportunities will you have in this position?
  • What will your responsibilities be, and will you have adequate decision-making power?
  • What is the company culture or science like? And what is the company outlook in the next 18+ months?
 
Compensation and benefit packages are important, but so is your career. The value of your job has to do with more than just your salary.
 
By Michael Barros, Managing Partner, Prestige Scientific

Prestige Scientific specializes in all phases of drug development from discovery through commercial (learn more about our expertise). Whether you’re looking for your next career move, or someone to help your company invent and innovate, Prestige Scientific is here for you. Get in touch, mbarros@prestigescientific.com or via LinkedIn, to learn more about our process or talk about a new search project. View some of our current opportunities. 

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