Negotiating a Job Offer

Your efforts have paid off: you got a job offer. Now it's time to measure its worth. When negotiating a job offer, you may only look at the salary and decide if the offer fits your needs, skill level and expectations. But that's not all you should consider. Carefully evaluate other aspects as well, such as the benefits package, which may include health coverage, flexible work arrangements, dependent care and more. Some of these elements also may be on the table when you're negotiating a job offer. Follow the guidelines below to learn how to determine which aspects of a job offer matter most to you and what not to do during negotiations.