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Dean's Blog: Letter to a new graduate: You have a job offer, should you negotiate?April 16, 2018

Survey responses indicate that of every hundred new McMaster Engineering B.Eng graduates thirty-five are still looking for a job just after completing their final examinations.

Of the others who have accepted job offers, three out of five, or 60%, have salary offers in the $55,000 to $75,000 per year range while 8% of respondents indicate that they will earn more than $75,000 per year.

Why this difference in starting salary? Do some new graduates negotiate their offers better than others? Are they able to convince their employers that they have more to offer?

Salary negotiation can be a risky proposition for new graduates. While negotiating, don’t be presumptuous, overconfident and smug. Discuss the terms in context. The company representative negotiating with you will respond best to enthusiasm and interest in the job and the company.

Read the entire blog at Fireside with the Dean