With the unemployment rate at 6.9%, 12 million Americans are set to lose unemployment benefits at year’s end. And with the COVID-19 pandemic still going strong, it’s a very tough time to be looking for a new job. But don’t let the struggle inhibit you from doing what you can to get good pay and benefits. Even in a shaky economy, hiring managers expect candidates to negotiate terms.
“[E]ven with a much larger group of applicants, finding the right candidate for the role is more important than ever,” said Cynthia Spraggs, CEO of Virtira and author of “How To Work From Home And Actually Get SH*T Done: 50 Tips for Leaders and Professionals to Work Remotely and Outperform the Office.” “If you are one of the top candidates, know that we want you as much as you want us. Negotiate from that strength.”
Not only are you expected to negotiate, but failure to do so could not only hurt your career but also your prospective employer’s impressions of you.