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Can you negotiate before signing an employment contract?

On Behalf of | Nov 2, 2022 | Employment Law For Employees |

Accepting a new job in Virginia can bring feelings of excitement and anticipation. To make the change worth your while, you will want to make sure the employment contract matches your expectations.

Even though your employer presents the arrangement to you, knowing how to negotiate might help you secure an agreement that optimizes your benefit. With the right strategies, negotiating your contract may set the foundation for a sustainable and successful job with your new employer.

Understand your priorities

Prior to applying for a job, chances are you had a list of priorities and expectations for your career. According to Indeed, prepare to negotiate with a complete understanding of your priorities. Some examples of things you could consider include the following:

  • Opportunities for growth
  • Incentives for continued education
  • Competitive pay structure
  • Probability of commission success

Prepare to justify

Employers want reasons why you feel eligible for adjustments to employment contracts. Your responsibility during negotiation is to help them see your potential and the reasons why you have made specific requests.

Think ahead about what you will say to justify the topics you plan to negotiate on. Focus on your strengths, competencies and job experience. Highlight personal accomplishments in former jobs you have had. Use concrete numbers and figures to describe the difference your expertise made.

You deserve an employment contract that enables you to excel and continue to improve. The right agreement can enforce mutual respect between you and your employer. A mutually beneficial contract can also facilitate your career growth over time.