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You are going to evaluate both your job search process to determine what is working well and what might need to be improved, and job offers. Are the offers coming your way in alignment with your goal? To answer this question, you will revisit the Explore stage of your job search journey.

Career center coaches are here to help you weigh your options and to advise you on the art of negotiation.

Dealing with Rejection in the Job Search

After meticulously preparing your cover letters and resumes, you send them to carefully selected companies that you are sure would like to hire you. You even get a few job interviews. But all of your return correspondence is the same: “Thanks, but no thanks.” Your self-confidence melts and you begin to question your value to an employer. Remember, fear of rejection doesn’t have to paralyze your job search efforts.

Here are some guidelines to help you ward off rejection.

  • Be persistent. This is a temporary setback and all you need is one “Yes.”
  • Depersonalize the interview. Employers may get as many as 500 resumes for one job opening.
  • Don’t blame the interviewer. Think about what you can learn from the experience.
  • Don’t live in the past. You risk underestimating yourself in the future.
  • Don’t get mad at the system. Adjust to the world rather than make the world adjust to you.
  • Take the spotlight off yourself. You’re there to find out the interviewer’s problems and show how you can work with others to solve them.
  • See yourself in the new role.

Considering Offers

As you are evaluating employment offers, think back to your career goal, interests, values, strengths and understanding of the industry and organization to determine alignment. Also determine your non-negotiables.

When evaluating an offer consider and then prioritize the following:

  • Company culture (values, organizational structure/hierarchy, dress code, workspace)
  • Company growth and stability (earnings, funding, longevity)
  • Opportunities for growth (funding for development, tuition assistance, guaranteed promotions)
  • Location (cost of living, commute times, proximity to family and friends, moving expenses)
  • Job structure (manager, co-workers, level/type of responsibilities, team or individual work)
  • Flexibility (remote or hybrid work, flexible hours)
  • Salary (base salary, signing bonus, performance incentives, pay frequency)
  • Benefits (health insurance, retirement plans, vacation time, childcare)

Negotiating Offers

When you get an offer, ask the recruiter what is negotiable. Some companies have fixed starting salaries or benefits packages. If salary is not negotiable, perhaps other things of value to you would still make it an attractive offer, like negotiating a signing bonus, moving allowance, or flexible schedule.

Request time to consider a job offer — a reasonable request is 2-3 days. And approach the negotiation with gratitude, enthusiasm, and confidence.

Our coaches have much more to share with you regarding negotiating job offers, from how to answer salary expectation questions to how to find and use industry salary data to determine a range that is fair and equitable.


Making Comparisons

We have specific data to share with you that will aid in your offer selection and your negotiations. Here is the average starting salary for Daniels School graduates in 2021, by major and region. 

By Major

Accounting: $60,356
Economics: $65,706
Finance: $65,605
General Management: $55,665
Industrial Management: $68,197
Marketing: $59,175
Supply Chain Info & Analytics: $67,363

By Region

Northeast: $79,605
Mid-Atlantic: $64,167
South: $60,033
Southwest: $66,282
Midwest: $61,207
West: $69,647

Career Progression

Preparing for your future career is so much more than polishing your resume and memorizing interview tips. Our clear path to success takes you from an exploratory phase where you define your ultimate goal to a final step where you grow your career with intention. 

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