Thanks for the feedback. I don’t have much leverage, and frankly am satisfied with the offer. I am basically asking if a counter-offer is an expected part of the process. This job is the first step of many that I’ll make so I’m not sweating it too hard. It’s just that some sources make it sound like every job offer should be greeted with a counter.[/quote]
Here is what you do:
- Take the job
- Keep your mouth shut, your head down
- come in before your boss
- Work your ass off
- leave after your boss comes home
- Educate yourself about your job outside of work
- be a team player
- in 6 months to a year, then ask for a raise, and have solid reasons as to why you deserve it.
Unless you already have experience and are a hot item in your field, the job market is tough today. Better to get in, prove your salt and then ask for more $, then you ask for it before you prove you are worth it.
As an employer, myself, and as a former employee who successfully applied this formula to rise to the highest achievable position available at the job I held before starting my own business, I enthusiastically, passionately endorse my friend beans’ advice here.
The only thing I would add is that, if you REALLY do this, and I mean, you have to go ALL in, I can assure you that you can disregard number 8. I have an employee right now whom I almost have a hard time keeping up with, and there is no way in hell I am going to let him continue to work at the same salary and bonus he is currently receiving once contract negotiation time rolls around next year. Hell, as it is, he’s so good, I’m afraid to let him go.
If you are that guy, there is no limit to where you can go, what you can do, and certainly no limit to how much money you can earn. Even if you hit the ceiling at your current job, you’ll be prepared and experienced to move on to either a more powerful employer or strike out on your own.
Was your business related to your job or did you start a business in something you were passionate about? Also props for doing it in Japan because business is tough in Japan, not impossible but tough. But also worth the effort. I’ve worked with Japanese clients my entire career, tough and rewarding.