As a recruiter, I cannot tell you how absolutely frustrating it is when someone attempts to renegotiate the terms of an employment agreement after the negotiation has formally ended. Sometimes, even after the position has started!
It takes countless hours of time and money from my company, and makes my back office pissed off. It makes the employee look like someone who lacks attention to detail, has a problem speaking up when they should, and ultimately, who doesn’t think they need to spend their time reading through an employment letter – which someone like me, spends time actually putting together.
None of these are positive impressions to make on a new employer. You need to read your contracts. You need to ask all of your questions up front and if you determine that the rate, benefits package, schedule, start date, location, or dress code, aren’t good enough for you – then you need to figure it out and move on, or negotiate something that can make you content for the long term.
Most companies do not evaluate you for a raise or schedule flexibility options/benefit increases, etc until the 12month mark – so by long term – I mean a year. If you can’t deal with the rate, or if you decide that you no longer want to relocate to Winniwood Oklahoma – then it’s ultimately on you if you sign on the dotted line and make me work to initiate on-boarding.
In this job market, it’s easy to jump on anything that comes your way with enthusiasm. It’s easy to get lost in the moment when sitting in a conference room across from a COO who is extending an offer letter on pretty letterhead and smiling from ear to ear. If you have been unemployed for any period of time, there is undoubtedly a sense of urgency for you to land a contract. It is perfectly acceptable and normal to take 24 hours to read the employment agreement, talk it over with your spouse and work the numbers to make sure it’s going to work for you.
For the respect of any future employer, and the recruiters who make this crazy world go round…READ YOUR CONTRACTS. Don’t sign unless you can be happy and stable in that job, at that rate. Ask your questions first. Kick ass over the next 12 months….prove to them why they wanted you in the first place…and earn your bonus. Sheesh…can you tell it’s been a long week?