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Playing Poker With Your Job Offers

What poker can teach us about navigating job offers.

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Know when to fold ’em Know when to walk away And know when to run You never count your money When you’re sittin’ at the table There’ll be time enough for countin’ When the dealin’s done”

Negotiating a new job offer can be a tricky affair and requires many of the same skills as playing poker.

“You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em,

Below are some pointers to ensure you are the one cashing out the chips.

  1. Create leverage through additional opportunities i.e. don’t just have 1 offer on the table
  2. Understand the market by talking to Recruiters and asking investigative questions
  3. Make it clear from the beginning you need to see out all your application processes before you accept an offer
  4. When getting an offer appear excited but not to the point that the employer thinks you are 100% going to take it
  5. Try and be noncommittal with your salary expectations at the beginning of the process, get the buy in of the decision maker first
  6. If you have an offer with no fine print ask for the fine print
  7. Do not allow yourself to be closed on the phone until you receive the full offer details
  8. If the offer is way beneath your expectations, just decline in a polite and professional manner and be honest about where it is falling short
  9. If the offer is close but not quite there show your hand in terms of your other options/offers and make a reasonable counter offer

Rec2Rec — Helping UK & Irish Recruiters move to the USA, Australia & Asia.

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Originally published at on February 8, 2017.

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