Prayer For A New Job Offer
7 Offering Prayers For A Church Service
Money, any topic, is an issue that needs to be addressed in the church. Jesus talked more about money than anything else in the Bible. If you are leading an offering prayer in your congregation, read through these seven different short prayers you can pray to God before you take up the offering.
The Cheerful Giver
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7)
Father in Heaven,
We thank You today for Your blessings that you bestow upon us all. Father, I pray for our congregation today. Lord, may we all give with gladness and sincerity. Father, no one ever gives a present to someone with reluctance and we should never give You what already belongs to You with reluctance either. Bless these tithes and offerings this day. We love You, Father! Amen
Watch What I Will Do!
Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. (Malachi 3:10)
We thank You for Your steadfast love and mercy on us. Father, we believe that every word in the Bible was breathed out by You (2 Tim 3:16), and we believe Your promise that You will bless us when we are obedient to Your Word. And so, without hesitation, we gladly give to You what is Yours. Bless these tithes and offerings, Father. We love You, Lord! Amen
You Reap What You Sow
One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. (Proverbs 11:24)
We thank You for bringing us all to Your house safely today and we are so blessed by Your presence here today. Thank You for Your love and mercy on us, Father.Father, we believe in the Book of Proverbs and I pray that everyone here will look into their hearts and act in obedience to Your Word.
May we give not to become richer, though, may we give because we simply love You! Accept these tithes and offerings today. We love You, Lord! Amen
Honor the Lord with your wealth. (Proverbs 3:9a)
We praise Your Almighty Name! You have blessed our nation with immense wealth and opportunity. Lord, You have commanded us to honor You with our wealth, and I pray that You will be honored greatly this day as we give to You what is already Yours. Bless these cheerful givers and bless the tithes and offerings that they give. We love You! Amen
His Eyes See Your Intentions
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21)
There are some of us here today that didn’t want to come here. There are some of us today that will give to the offering with bitter hearts.
Father, I pray You will soften the hearts of those who are worried about giving You their money instead of spending it on themselves.
Father, I pray that You will bless all who give today and show them Your love in a mighty way because of their obedience. Bless these tithes and offerings, Father. We love You! Amen
The Tithe Belongs To The Lord
Every tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the trees, is the Lord’s; it is holy to the Lord. (Leviticus 27:30)
We come to Your throne with humble hearts as we are so thankful for the blessings You give us daily. Lord, We believe in the Book of Leviticus.
Father, I pray that as we give You our offerings and tithes this morning that we all will think about the fact that the tithe is Yours. It belongs to You. May we never withhold what is Yours.
Please accept these offerings and tithes with gladness, Lord. We Love You! Amen
Love Is Essential
If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:3)
We thank You for another chance for us to meet together in Your house to worship You. Father, we believe in the Book of 1 Corinthians and I pray that all offerings given today are love.
We experience Your blessings every day and Your blessings are always given to us freely and with ultimate love. Father, You loved us all of the way to the cross! May we love You enough to give You what is already Yours.
Bless these tithes and offerings today. We love you! Amen
Giving back to God is commanded, and is something that should be done with joy and cheerfulness. As you approach your next church service, consider tithing if you don’t already. You will be amazed at how God makes everything work out. May God continue to bless you as you live a life worthy of the calling!
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Prayer to Find a New Job
Are you unemployed, under-employed, or in a toxic work situation? If so, pray this prayer to find a new job and watch God move on your behalf!
Many folks in our community have mentioned their need for jobs over the years
And if that’s you, know that God wants you to have a good job. A GOOD job. A job that will be a blessing to you, because:
The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22).
Papa God is so good that He wants you to have a job:
- that will bless you financially;
- that you will enjoy doing;
- where you will have pleasant co-workers;
- with a nice boss; and
- where you can be a witness for Him.
He also wants you to have a job that will be good for your family. A job that will be safe. A job where you will be honored and respected.
A good job is a blessing from the Lord
And if you need a new job, don’t hesitate to pray for one–and pray specifically!
Yes, you will still have to do the legwork to find your new job. You will have to be diligent to look for the job the Lord has for you. You will have to fill out applications and interview. You will have to work hard at any job you get, go through training, and do everything else that comes with jobs.
But the Lord can and will bless you with a wonderful job if you will pray and believe Him to do so.
Are you ready to pray? Use the sample prayer below, and add your specific points to this model prayer as needed.
Related: Read my whole Radical Prayers series here!
Pray this prayer to find a new job:
“Heavenly Father, I come before You in Jesus’ name.
Father God, thank You for hearing my prayer. Thank You that Your Word says “Before you call, I will answer,” and so You have answered me even before I finish this prayer. Thank You for knowing everything that concerns me, and for providing all my needs richly. I know I can depend on You, Father.
Father, I lift up my job situation to You. Lord, I ask right now in Jesus’ name that You would make a way for me to have a new job, a better job. Show me which steps to take.
Lord, if I am to change careers, then please show me what career to pursue. If I am to stay in the same career, give me peace about that. Either way, Lord, I ask right now that You would bring me into a job where the people are good to work with; where they are nice to me and others. Provide a job where I am paid well, where my work schedule would bless and not harm my family.Father God, I ask in Jesus’ name that You would highlight in my mind where I should apply for new jobs. Give me the motivation and inspiration I need to apply, and shine Your light of favor on me there. As I apply, give me the words to say and help me fill out the application perfectly.
Father, I ask also that You would give the interviews that You want me to have–with the right interviewers too. Make it so that, when I walk into the room to apply or interview, the people there would know that I am the one to hire. Be the answer of my tongue, and help me to speak the words during the interview and application process that You want me to speak.
Father, I ask You to provide a good salary, good retirement benefits, good medical and dental insurance, disability insurance, paid time off, paid vacations, and paid sick leave. Provide for the on-the-job training that I need. I ask also for Christian co-workers in the workplace; and for kind, compassionate, generous, and patient supervisors.
Father God, give me wisdom, strength and power. Reveal Yourself as the Glory and Lifter of my head. In the Name of Jesus I declare that the old things are past and the new things have come. Bring me the old place, and into this new place of abundance. Put me in the right job, and deliver me from the wrong jobs.
Thank You, Father. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer, and that I have received everything I’m asking You for. I give You all the glory.
In Jesus’ name, amen.”
Beloved, here are 5 Bible promises you can claim for a new job while you’re praying:
- “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). Pray this when you ask the Lord to show you where to apply for a new job, and for wisdom during your interview.
- “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:7-11).
- “The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22). Pray this when asking the Lord for a good wage, good working hours, and everything else good in yoru new job!
- “The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti” (Esther 2:17). Remind the Lord that He is no respecter of persons; what He did for Esther, He will do for you! Ask Him to shine His spotlight of favor on you during the job search process. Ask Him to give you more favor than everyone around you; that the people who are to hire you would know you are the candidate they seek the first time they see you; and that the Lord would help you stand head and shoulders above the rest.
- “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:12-14). Remind the Lord of this Scripture and ask Him to bring you into a greater job with greater works than you’ve ever had. Ask Him to glorify His own name in His answers to your situation. Tell Him what you desire and ask Him to do it; remind Him that He said He will.
Pray this and remind God that you are asking, seeking, and knocking–so He has to bring you your request!
If you just prayed this prayer and these Scriptures, please leave a comment below so others in this community can agree with you! Also, please let us know when Papa brings you into the new job you have prayed for!
Powerful Prayer for a Job [Quotes & Bible Verses]
Maybe you are looking for a new job, and finding work is extremely hard? Or perhaps some of your coworkers are incredibly hard to get along with, and you simply need the Lord’s guiding hand to help you through stressful workdays.
It is our Heavenly Father’s wish to love you, protect you, rejoice with you, and carry your burdens for you. With His kindness and grace, all things are possible, even in your day to day activities at work.
Allow Him to help you when you feel that all hope is lost. With God, all things are possible. Believe in this, and carry it in your heart. The Lord’s love is great, and He will walk beside you today, tomorrow and always when it comes your employment and beyond.
It is His longing to be there for His children!
If the need for prayer in your employment status is what you are seeking most, whether in your own life, or in the life of someone you love, let us pray for you at the holiest place on earth, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
We have faith that sending your prayer to the place where our Lord Jesus Christ gave his life for us will help your request be granted! It is our honor and privilege to be a prayer warrior for you, and to ask the Lord to watch over you, protect you, and keep you, always.
Please submit your prayer request today.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Prayer for a New Job
Precious Lord, please be with me today in finding new employment. Lead me to work that I love, and that has value in my life. Guide me to a place with an atmosphere of respect and cooperation, in a safe and happy environment with a loving staff. Help me to find fulfillment mentally and financially as I move into this position. Amen.
Prayer for Job Loss
Lord, I am coming to you today with a very heavy heart filled with regret over the past and what has happened. In all honesty, I am anxious about the future. I am work, and my finances are in a lot of trouble. I have made many mistakes.
Help me to forgive myself, and others, so that I may make amends with all concerned in this matter, and in other matters as well. Grant me peace of mind, so I can fill my life with Your goodness and grace.
Guide me toward a good job where I may fulfill my needs as a better and wiser person. I ask these things in Your name. Amen.
Prayer for Opportunities In the Workplace
Precious Lord, I place my humble needs before You today. I ask that You help me meet my responsibilities in the world, and that I may fulfill what I am meant to do in this lifetime with Your guidance.
Please show me the way to the perfect opportunity to do what I love, to do what I can do well, and what will fulfill my needs mentally, spiritually, and financially.
Thank you for trusting in me Lord, as I trust in You.
Answered Prayer Request for a Job
I posted a prayer request for my job to be save and thank God I still have my job your prayers saved my job. God is good, Thank you all for praying the devil was defeated. Thank you again for your prayer. God bless you all.
Prayer for a Job Promotion
You have blessed me with so much in my life, and I am grateful. I have a wonderful family that I love and cherish. I thank you for Your love and devotion, but today I must lay a burden of mine at your feet. Father, You know about the promotion that I am looking to receive. Lord, it would be a huge blessing to receive it.
I am not putting my faith in money, but there are bills to be paid, mouths that need feeding, other expenses on my plate. If You will allow me this promotion, I will use it faithfully as You see fit. I will be responsible with it and pay off existing debts.
Father, I am giving this completely to You, and whatever Your decision is, I will thank You because You are loving, gracious and generous even in poverty. Amen.
Prayer for Struggles With Coworkers
You are abounding in grace and mercy for Your children, myself included. Lord, work is getting very stressful because of the environment I am in. There are many people who hate You there, and they make my life miserable because they know that I love You.
We just don’t see eye to eye on many issues, but it is hard for me when it comes to how You are viewed in the eyes of others. I trust in James as it says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.” (James 1:2). I realize the benefit of being persecuted for believing in Jesus, and I gladly accept whatever comes my way, anytime.
Please soften the hearts of the people I work with. I will keep planting seeds, Lord. Thank you. Amen.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12
Prayer Points For Job Breakthrough
Are you in need of a breakthrough in your job search? Are you ready for God to open doors for you related to a new career? Powerful prayers that work for your job search are those that you pray with faith, believing that God can perform miracles and invite God or his messengers to do so in the situation you’re facing. The Bible tells us, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3). You can call to God through prayer.
The Lord has endowed us all with some talent, and wishes us to express those gifts that He has given us for the good of all. Saying prayers for employment also affirm our understanding of our own inner talents and abilities. Here are six prayers points for job breakthrough:
Command the spirit of confidence to command the interview:
We know that when we’re sitting at the interview table we are supposed to be confident, or at least appear as if we are. But anyone who has been on the job hunt for a long time knows that it’s easy to lose your confidence in the face of rejection. It’s important that you command the spirit of confidence and trust in God’s power as you walk into that next interview:
Dear God, you know how much need a new job – both for financial income, and the opportunities it would provide to use the talents you’ve given me to help make the world a better place. You also know God, how hard I’ve tried to find a job. But so far, all the hard work I’ve done during my job search hasn’t led to any job offers.
I’m frustrated, my confidence has been shaken and I’m worried about my future. God, please send the miraculous breakthrough I need to get a new job soon. Guide me to opportunities to network with the right people, learn about the right hob openings to apply for, and figure out how best to develop my skills so I’ll be prepared for my next job.
I believe that there are no limits to what you can do for me. Amen.
Command the spirit of failure at the edge of breakthrough to die in the name of Jesus:
Our Heavenly Father gives us the courage to face any fear, doubt or uncertainty in the power we have been given to accomplish great things. If you’re in need of a job break through, command the spirit of failure to be gone in Jesus’ name:
Dear God, You know I have always struggled with insecurities and this is becoming especially difficult now as I search for a new job. I have a warped perspective of who I am.
It has been so challenging for me to disregard those thoughts of insecurity and lean on your truths. I ask that You would rewire my mind and eliminate the spirit of failure that is trying to claim my heart.
I know that all things are possible through you.
Thank God for His provisions and every good thing He has done for you:
It’s Important that we thank God for His goodness and faithfulness in our lives. As you search for a new job, trust that He is leading you into a new land, a spacious land filled with blessed and opportunity:
Dear God, as I search for a new job, I admit that I am nervous and fearful and worried about failing. But I choose to stand and keep my eyes on You as You lead me forward in Your purposes. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Claim the power to overcome and excel among all the job competitors in the name of Jesus:
It’s not always easy being too confident when you walk in the job interview. That’s why it’s important to keep God at the center and call on His power to help you stand out next to your competition:
Dear Father, thank you for the wonderful skills and gifts You’ve so freely given me. I surrender all I am to You. Come guide my path as I look for new work. Help me to stand out among all the job competitors. If it is Your Will, I know it will be done. I claim it in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Claim miracle breakthrough power in your daily life:
Often, when we pray for miracles to happen in our lives, we are also praying for healing to happen in our lives as well. We see countless examples of healing happening in Scripture through Jesus’ healing power. The same is possible in our daily lives:
Lord Jesus, heal me. Heal in me whatever You see needs healing. Heal me of whatever might separate me from you. Heal my memory, heal my heart, heal my emotions, heal my spirit, heal my body and heal my soul. Lay Your hands gently upon me and Heal me through Your love for me. Amen.
Be more cognizant of God’s miracle power in all circumstances:
Miracle power testifies that God’s touch is always a heartbeat away. It’s important that we are conscious of God at work in our lives daily. Miracle power can happen in your life when you have faith and trust that miracles can really happen. Are you ready to unleash that miracle power? This prayer will guide you:
Heavenly Father, I open my heart wide to receive the love of God. As I receive God’s love as universal supply, all my affairs are healed.I realize and accept the healing power of the Universe as love, and I allow the healing power that is love to penetrate my life. I readily accept the healing power of love in my life and I know that as love, God is my limitless and abundant supply made manifest.
I feel the outpouring of God’s love in my body and mind. I feel God’s love in my affairs, and I know all is well. Amen.
Claim the power to not be limited and the spirit of confidence to step your comfort zone:
How to Negotiate a Higher Salary After a New Job Offer (With Scripts)
Not negotiating the job offer puts you at a disadvantage for the duration of your career in a new company. There’s a snowball effect because your performance raises and after-promotion salary are all affected by what you accept. It also affects the next job offers you get when you move companies.
There’s no question that everyone wants a higher base salary, the problem is it’s not exactly clear how to negotiate a salary after a job offer. You can’t just blurt out a number and expect your future employer to agree with you.
Fear of having the job offer rescinded doesn’t help, either.
What you need is a strategy and the right mindset. In this tutorial, you'll lean how to negotiate a higher salary and additional benefits during a job offer negotiation. This process starts with researching information to back up your request for a higher salary.
Are you ready to negotiate a higher salary for a new job offer? (graphic source)
Finding the Average Salary and Compensation Package for Your Position
Assuming the job offer you received is lower than the market average will never work. You need data to prove your claims.
1. Salary Databases and Other Online Sources
Websites PayScale and Glassdoor have salary estimates for just about any position. Some of these sites allow users to filter the information location. You can also go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which provides a comprehensive database of salary information for different jobs.
Below are different sources for salary research.
Other Salary Comparison Websites
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Another way to find the average salary is to look for job ads that display salary information on different job sites.
2. Dig Deep to Learn All About the Company
Find out if the company has job grades or bands, and what band your target position is in. If they have a job grade system, you have to accept that it’s almost impossible to go above their imposed upper limit.
The salary also differs the company’s size and industry. A mom and pop shop will have a smaller budget compared to a multinational conglomerate, and it’s the same case if you compare a Wall Street firm with a local restaurant.
Investigate the benefits and perks they offer, too.
3. Ask Other Employees in Similar Positions
Ask your friends, family, professors, former colleagues, and mentors to give you feedback on the job offer you got. Ask them if it’s fair what they receive. People are, in general, uncomfortable talking about their income, but you’ll be surprised how open some friends are.
If you don’t want to ask directly, give them an estimate of the job offer, then ask if it’s in-line with industry standards for someone with your experience.
4. Gather Salary Info From Unions
Unions exist to protect the welfare of their members, that’s why they also keep information about acceptable salary ranges for different jobs in your industry.
5. Compare Cost of Living of Your Location
Compensation is also affected by the job’s location due to cost of living and talent demand. Big cities New York and Silicon Valley have higher compensation, as opposed to small rural towns.
How to Negotiate Salary Perks
A 2015 study from the BLS states that the remaining 30% of compensation packages is comprised of benefits.
So focusing solely on a job offer’s base pay can lead to as much as a 30% loss on your part. This is also your best bet of getting a higher compensation package overall, if the employer’s base pay has a small wiggle room.
- More vacation time
- Relocation allowance (if you’re moving to another city or State)
- Signing bonus
- Commuting allowance
- Expense account
- Performance-based bonuses
Also, training and professional development programs.
Other Perks to Consider
These are non-negotiable perks, because negotiating them involves more decision makers and wider company changes. All of these benefits are still worth considering though, because they can affect your expenses and overall enjoyment of the company.
- Health insurance
- Added insurance perks, such as a health savings account, or coverage for your kids
- Wellness programs, such as gym membership or bonus for getting a flu shot
- Education subsidy
- 401(K) contributions
If you’re creative enough, you can also negotiate certain aspects of the job. For instance, you can negotiate access to exciting projects a tad outside your current description.
The Importance of Choosing the Right Time to Negotiate
Timing is critical when negotiating a new job offer. Negotiating too early gives the impression that you’re arrogant and selfish.
Anna Runyan, Founder of Classy Career Girl, explains, “You don’t want to send a signal that you only care how much you can get. So always wait for the employer to make an offer, and never be the one to start the discussion about salary.”
This is a basic rule of negotiation, you have more power when the company has narrowed down their prospects to just one candidate—you. Sure, they probably have a second choice, but they prefer you more than the second pick, and a lot more than the other candidates. That’s leverage you can use.
You don’t have this leverage during the interview process.
When It’s Too Late to Negotiate
You can’t take your word back after you agreed to the job offer. Even if you realize the commuting expenses are terrible, and the money isn’t enough to pay your loans, your chances of winning that negotiation are slim to none.
The employer, the HR manager, and all your co-workers will think you’re either not serious about the job, or a total diva. Either reputation isn’t appealing when you’re starting out with a new company.
That’s why it’s important to ask for a day or two to consider the job offer. Don’t give in to pressure, even if the employer says they want someone to start right away.
1. Know That the Offer Isn’t Final
This isn’t one of the steps on how to negotiate salary, but it’s important that you have this mindset. Don’t let your fear of negotiating or talking about money stop you from getting what you deserve, and what you will work hard for during your career with that company.
Employers expect you to know how to ask for more money in a job offer. For some jobs, such as sales and business development, not negotiating shows a certain degree of incompetence.
2. Show Enthusiasm
But don’t be desperate. Always show that you’re excited about the job and remain positive even if the base offer isn’t what you expected.
Show them you want the job by starting the negotiation with positive phrases , “I’m excited to work with your team” or “I’m eager to start working and I know that I’d make a good contribution to the company.”
Complaining about the salary right off the bat shows disregard for the opportunity they gave you, and that you’re difficult to work with.
3. Pick a Range instead of a Specific Number
“Most people will low-ball themselves at the first opportunity. They think they’re being humble, when in reality they could have made more money,” says Lisa Rangel of Chameleon Resumes.
To fight this, mention a pay range instead of giving an exact number so you have a cushion.
Start the lower limit of the pay range at 5% higher than your current salary if you’re moving to a similar position. This way, you won’t be severely affected if, for some reason, you don’t get an increase in your first two years at the company. Start your pay range at 8% to 10% higher than your current salary if you’re accepting a job for a higher role.
Of course, the above strategy assumes that your current salary is at par with the market pay for your job, location and other factors. If it isn’t, you have to consider the going rate for your salary first.
4. Aim Higher Within Reason
Your salary demands should always be within reason.
Rangel explains, “Applicants need to accept a certain level of reality when negotiating salaries. There’s a big difference between asking for a 10% increase and asking for some extra zeroes.”
Your experience plays a big role in the negotiation process, too. If you’re new to the workforce or the job itself, you will definitely earn less than someone doing the job for years. Fresh graduates for saturated industries will have less negotiating leverage than applicants in booming markets.
5. Explain the Why and How of Your Request
Every employer knows that you’ll want a fair job offer, but you also need to show genuine care for the job and the company’s interest. So always explain why you want a higher salary, and then back it up with why you think you’re worth that extra money.
Higher Salary Example
“I would to explore a slightly higher salary of $65,000 instead of the original $55,000 given the results I’ve achieved for my former employers, which we talked about during the interviews.”
Non-Monetary Negotiation Example
“Given my pending relocation to work here, I would to start on August 25 instead of the 18th. That would give me extra time to finish my move-in, so I can start the job totally focused on my work.”
6. Focus on the ‘We’
Negotiation isn’t a you v.s. them battle. You have to be mindful of how you’re coming off to the recruiter or hiring manager. Smile and always be pleasant and polite, even if the discussion isn’t going your way. You don’t want them to feel as if they’re dealing with a spoiled kid asking for more candy.
Where possible, use phrases “I understand” or “I see where you’re coming from.” The way you talk should show that you empathize with the employer and understand whatever hesitations they have about giving you a higher salary.
7. Embrace the Awkward Pauses
Silence is uncomfortable for lots of people, especially during negotiations. But what you consider as awkward pauses are only natural breaks in the communication process. This is the time when the other party is digesting what you just said, or is in the process of formulating a response.
Keep quiet and wait for the HR manager to talk after you’ve said your piece. Desperately trying to fill the silence shows lack of confidence. It also makes you prone to saying something you don’t intend to.
8. Know When to Stop
Employers expect you to counter offer, but nobody wants a haggler who will negotiate everything down to the last cent.
Let’s say you want $65,000 but the best they can do is $58,000. Don’t go back with another counter offer of $60,000 as that might just annoy the HR manager you’re dealing with. If the budget allows for $60,000, they would have already given it to you.
What you can do now is negotiate other perks to make up the difference, such as more vacation time or an early performance review. Again, the key is to balance what you want and the employer’s interests.
You want to be ready to handle common salary negotiation scenarios, be ready with counter offers, and responses that will help you secure more income for your new job. Use these scripts to prepare for your phone or in-person salary negotiation:
1. A Counter Offer
“Thank you for this opportunity. I’m excited to start working with your team, however, I hope we can explore the possibility of $65,000. I think that amount better reflects the job scope of the position and my previous experience in this field.”
2. “We don’t have the budget for that” or “That’s the maximum we offer for this position”
“I totally understand that you have a specific budget for this position, and I want to work with you to come up with a solution that benefits us both. According to my research for this position on (website name), the typical salary range for someone with my qualifications is closer to $70,000 instead of $60,000. Can we meet halfway?”
3. If You Have an Offer From Another Company
“Thank you for this job offer. As you know, however, I have also applied to other companies and have just received another offer. But as I love the company and the work you do, I would prefer to work here if you can match their offer of $80,000”
4. “The budget is fixed”
“I understand that $55,000 is the best you can offer for the base salary. Given my experience and solid track record, I hope you can give me an extra $5,000 as a performance based bonus to make up for the difference.”
If they don’t agree to the extra performance bonus, try asking for extra vacation days, training allowance, or another benefit.
4. “Your salary history shows this offer is already an increase for you”
“Yes, I made less at my last job. But the additional training and experienced I’ve gained during that period warrants an increase. What I’m paid right now is also below the market rate, and that’s the number one reason I’m in the market for a new job.”
5. “You would be overpaid compared to our other employees”
“I’m eager to start working with your team. But the research I’ve done on comparable living costs between Florida and San Francisco shows that a base of $135,000 is the market value for someone with my experience. Accepting an offer of $95,000 would also drastically alter my living situation due to the cost of living.”
Be Prepared to Walk Away
You have to decide whether you’re prepared to walk away before the negotiation even starts. Knowing you’re ready to decline the offer will give you a sense of confidence, so you don’t appear desperate.
Having this mindset doesn’t mean you have no power over the negotiation outcome. It just means you accept that some things are beyond your control. The best you can do is practice how to ask for more money in a job offer way before the negotiation starts.
You can also try negotiating via email:
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7 things employees should check before accepting a new job offer
Let’s face it, most expats in the UAE are here to earn money, whether it’s the new millennial or the western expat beside you. It is the promise land to make a better-than-decent living while enjoying some perks of a non-taxable income and an advantageous lifestyle.
Hence it’s no wonder when we bag a job that pays better or offers perks it is natural to dive right in. Stop right there. The Ministry of Labour keeps a close watch on labour laws being implemented and being uninformed or ignorant might land you in hot water.
Do not jump!
So you've managed to get a job sooner than others but your new employer wants you to start immediately. Take a moment. Remember you have commitments to your previous employer.
End-of-term formalities are extremely important regulations to adhere to according to the labour laws in the UAE and might even land you in trouble with your new dream job.
For instance, serve your notice period or find alternative solutions approved by the Ministry of Labour to waive off any obligations to your previous employer.
Read all about notice period regulations here
While most of us are here on a work visa, this will ensure a smooth transition for your employer to cancel your visa and for you to obtain a new work visa. Be understanding to your previous employer but make sure you're not taken advantage of.
Read your contract
Being the most obvious yet the most ignored point. Ensure you read your contract correctly and patiently.
We are often given those few crucial moments by the HR to 'go through' it. This is probably the biggest mistakes we make. Ask your employer for a copy of your contract and read it peacefully while letting your employer know you will sign it soon. If you are one of those who run through details, ask a friend or partner to help.
A labour contract here, other countries, is legally binding and lack of understanding could result in you being banned to work or even fined. Make sure to read key points about your basic pay, annual leave, probation period, terms for termination, limited/unlimited contract and other information.
Scan the workings of your new employer
Notice how understanding your new employer is. If you feel your employer is delaying processes, withholding information, or not prioritising your queries, you might not be in the best suitable environment.
If you feel dejected right in the start, it is not a good sign for when you actually join the company. If you can, visit the workplace and observe the attitude of your colleagues. If you find a friendly face, you could ask them about the work environment casually. Chances are you will get a true picture which might save you angst in the future. Do not hesitate to ask questions.
Keep copies of all documents
With the million formalities we complete while changing jobs, it might be difficult to keep a track of all the legal documents you might receive. Take photocopies of all documents you sign or receive from officials.
This includes your contract/offer letter, visa cancellation papers from your previous employer, a no objection certificate from them, your new employers work visa application, your designation status amongst other things.
Even pictures and phone scans can come in handy.
You never know when you might need to refer to them or require them. It is best to keep a copy for your use. Do not hesitate in asking for a copy, it is a way for you to safeguard your rights as an employee.
Check your basic pay
Even though your salary maybe a decent amount, your basic pay is what your gratuity is calculated upon. Hence if your basic pay is low, your bonus and other benefits will also be affected. Talk to your employer about it. Check terms of the contract on how gratuity and perks are calculated so you aren't in for a rude shock later.
Find out how to calculate your gratuity pay here
Tie up loose ends
As you move on, tie up any lose ends and conclude any matters with your previous employer that might come to haunt you at your new job. For example, if the previous employer owes you any amount of money or you did not share a good rapport with the management, it is best to end things on a positive note.
Burning bridges is never wise as you never know when you might need some assistance. So move on, but make sure you tidy up first. Take reference letters and keep in touch with previous employers and colleagues to stay in the loop.
Know your rights
Sometimes, our biggest flaw in an unfamiliar country is we lack the knowledge of the local rules and regulations. As an employee, you enjoy various rights provided by the Ministry of Labour, however they are not to be misused.
Read your annual leave rights here.
As an employee, you are allotted public holidays sanctioned by the government, which no matter the circumstance, the employer has to provide or compensate for with leave-in-lieu or money.
Other rules include your rights and terms for termination by employer, your gratuity allowance, number of hours per week amongst other important issues.Do not be afraid to bring these up to your employer as the law is same for all and your employer will have to comply.
There are many legal advisors available to sort out problems and disagreements, and you need to be smart and aware of your rights, duties and privileges as an employee. Take advantage of the free legal advice columns provided by publications and solicitors.
An updated version of the Labour Laws is available online for any queries you might have.
Best of luck!
– Sanobar Mistry is a published journalist and currently a teacher in Dubai.