CAREER DEVELOPMENT / NOV. 21, 2014
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How to Define your own Employment Terms without seeming Arrogant

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Everybody has certain standards to consider when finding work. Be it an internship, a contractual engagement or even permanent employment, there are terms and conditions we consider before getting hired. And in most cases, it has always been the job seekers compromising on their personal standards simply because they don’t have that much of an option. Why is it so?

See Also: How to Improve Your Negotiation Skills

Few job opportunities

When we consider work, we usually have a rough figure of job opportunities available in our respective job markets. If the opportunities are in plenty, then it means that one is simply spoilt for choice. Moreover, employers are likely to comply with your terms because they might miss out on important skills if they bargain. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Most employers today offer jobs on a ’take it or leave it basis’. But that’s not all...

Ever-growing competition

When job opportunities are few, desperation is usually in high gear which means competition is likely to bring out the worst in people. What follows is ever-increasing manipulation in job interviews. Therefore, when one is short-listed for a job after such bruising competition, then they’re likely to comply with employer terms. In any case, someone somewhere is more than willing to be a replacement in case they call it quits. This shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the...

Abundance of similar competence skills

When similar skills flood the job market, employers know all too well that they’re spoilt for choice. This abundance of skills is then used as a leverage to seek for employees that won’t be too demanding, especially when it comes to salaries and benefits. Job seekers will then have to compromise since the employer has an upper hand in the situation.

Bad Economy

Many economies today are at a stand-still. Job seekers know that the employment sector is affected by this. But that’s not all - cost of living is getting higher as a result of consistent inflation. This means that a job seeker cannot afford to stay unemployed. Plus, they are likely to take any job that keeps them going as they anticipate for a better one.

Despite these challenges, there are those that cannot in any way compromise on their employment terms. Their resolve is so strong that they’re used to blatantly refusing job offers. But the challenge comes when stating their own employment terms without seeming arrogant. How does one pull this off?

#1 Research the Average Employment Terms in your Respective Job Market


Different job markets have different employment standards. Let’s look at salary difference for instance. Big cities tend to have better paying jobs than small ones. But that also depends on the cost of living. You might get paid less in a small city, but the cost of living might be far less than that of a big, urban setting. There is also the issue of working hours, hardship benefits, workplace environment and so forth. A reconnaissance of such matters would spare you the embarrassment of seeming arrogant.

#2 Ask a Professional Source to Evaluate your Skill and Competence Value


It’s good to evaluate your competence and skills once in a while. But have you ever thought of seeking advice from a professional source regarding how much you’re truly worth? Could be you’re overestimating yourself. Or maybe, it could be that times have changed and certain skills in your resume are already obsolete. A professional advisor such as a HR manager, a career coach or even an informed employer might just be the person you need to address this matter.

#3 Include Employment Terms in your Resume as a Psychological Strategy


Employers have an ego, and if you bruise this, you can most certainly kiss goodbye to that dream job of yours. Although you may not intentionally offend the employer, mentioning some employment terms during an interview may not be taken lightly, especially if they sound far-fetched. Prudence demands that you give your potential employer an idea of whom they’re dealing with IN ADVANCE. That’s why it’s wise to include your employment terms in your resume just as a precaution. Yes, they might sound offensive to your potential employer, but all the same, they might reconsider and reach a compromising agreement with you during the actual interview.

See Also: Step by Step Process of Salary Negotiation

I’m sure you must be wondering why I never mentioned courtesy in this article. Sure, everyone can be courteous, but stating your employment terms is like playing a game of chess. It has more to do with strategy than normal pleasantries. As Sun Tzu once said, "Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory; tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat."

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