The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Negotiating terms for first job

You got the job! What you may not know, however, is that the different aspects of your package - salary, benefits, bonuses, etc. - are often negotiable. It's important to know your value, and with this being your first job, you want to make sure the bar is set for future jobs. Check out these resources to help you prepare for this step.



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  • Talk with fellow graduate students who may have recently gone through or are currently going through the negotiation process
  • Research the average salary and benefits for positions you are interested in by using your network and online resources
  • Have some sort of plan for the kind of package you will need that will fit your lifestyle and takes into acoount your family's needs