“The point of the feminist movement wasn’t simply to set our underwear on fire and muscle into small spaces in the male-dominated workplace, but to create a world where the contribution of both sexes was equally valued and no one’s worth was judged on their take-home salary.”
– Mariella Frostrup
In case you’ve already been invited to your first ever job interview after graduating fresh from college, then this blog post should be a great read for you. The first thing you need to know about entry-level job positions is that most of the things in it are the basics in career development, entrepreneurial phase (for in case you want to transcend to becoming your own boss someday and start a company of your own), and income expectations. So, don’t expect to get the above tier 5-figure salary, benefits and perks just yet, and should you decide to negotiate the terms of your compensation, then do it with the best of intentions.
Take the Job Offer and Level Up
Practically just about any youth these days have played DOTA (Defence of the Ancients) and anyone who has played this game, understands that one needs to be patient in order to gain skills and experience (XP) to get better at the game. Once you’ve become better, then you’ll be entitled to dozens of bonuses and exclusive offers – not to mention be worshiped as a warrior god by DOTA’s online community. Now let’s apply that to your predicament. You’re a newbie and, for instance, in a customer service agent entry-level position the salary offer is between 17,000 – 22,000 Php. Obviously you’re inexperienced and the best thing to do is to start somewhere and just take it to the next level after a year or so.
Eighteen months worth of experience plus excellent job performance will definitely get you promoted, and then you can negotiate your salary.
Use Your Head
Typically, only the rare few who have got exceptional and/or special skills that are most useful for the job that they’re applying in will be entertained for a salary negotiation. For instance, you’re an electronics and communications engineer who just recently got your ECE license after graduation and you’ve patented a utility design with extensive industrial application, then you would fit the description of someone having “exceptional” skills in their field of expertise. If you don’t have this kind of ability, then don’t force the issue of salary negotiation to the hiring manager, or else you might not get considered for the job at all. One to 2 years is not that long a time to wait to build work experience and in the end it will benefit you either way.
Do Your Homework
As a rule of thumb, do research about the company you want to be a part of as well as the kind of jobs they offer that’s in line with your coursework. The rationale behind this is that this will help guide you in making decisions; after all, you don’t want to regret working in a company that you don’t like now, would you? I doubt anyone would, but sadly, many people still actually commit this mistake which transforms them into hurt and disgruntled ex-employees of Company X or something. In the end, even if you didn’t like it much about how much you’re getting paid for a day’s job, you’ll still find a reason to be happy if you love your job. Soon you’ll be rewarded with better compensation and benefits if you’re patient enough.