Whoever said, “Don’t sweat the little things,” must have never entered into employment contract negotiations.
Employment Contract Negotiation
Effective contract negotiation drives value for an employment agreement even if it’s just one small thing. One small thing often changes the entire dynamic of a negotiation process leading to a positive ROI. What is that one small thing? It’s not just one thing. In truth, it could be any of thousands of small things.
Our Client’s Story
“Give me an example of how you can help me improve my offer,” the prospective client asked me. He called the day before saying he had an offer. The negotiations commenced and he needed help.
“What are you trying to achieve?” I asked.
“I want new challenges. I’m capped out at my current company in both the job and compensation,” he shared. “But, it’s a good company and I have a lot of flexibility with my schedule.”
“I see. And what about the new offer?” I inquired.
“It seems good. The base is higher with a good bonus,” he related. “But, there’s not much flexibility with the schedule. I have two kids at home and I don’t want to live out of a suitcase.”
“So, the travel requirements are an issue,” I stated.
“Yes, but I don’t see how you could help me with that,” he said. “What specifically would you do?”
“I’ve handled this issue many times before,” I recounted. “If you’re asking for the play by play of how I would approach it, I’m afraid I can’t give that to you right now.”
“Why not?” he asked.
“Because you’re not yet a client,” I said. “This is how I make my living. That one small thing I share could make all the difference in the world to you. Then, you wouldn’t need to hire me. It’s not about the amount of work or the amount of time invested. It’s really about the effect of that one small thing.”
“I see. I hadn’t thought about that,” he said.
“And by the way, there are likely more than a few dozen small things in this scenario that can be a game-changer for your outcomes.”
About Endeavor Agency, Inc.
Endeavor Agency is the nation’s leading career agency for executives. Endeavor helps executives, physicians and professionals find jobs. Our team prepares clients for interviews and our clients win job offers far more often. Endeavor helps clients negotiate better offers and employment contracts.
Contact Endeavor Agency today to learn more about employment contract negotiation.