How to Negotiate a Title When Offered a Job

The thrill of a new job offer can quickly give way to the reality that your work isn't finished yet -- you may wish to use the offer as a chance to negotiate for a better job title. When you receive a formal job offer, an employer has clearly signaled interest in having you join the team. This can be a great time to negotiate a title; whether you're looking for job clarity, respect, prestige or something else, the right title can make a good job offer even better.


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      Take some time. Once you have received the offer, don't jump right into formal negotiations. Ask your potential employer for a few days to think it through. Most of the time, unless the position needs to be filled immediately, they will give you the time. This will give you some time to research and reflect, and will keep you from seeming desperate.

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      Research job titles. Determine which title you would, ideally, like to have and what it means. Research the company for which you've been given an offer and see what kind of titles they have and what those individuals are responsible for. Make a list of these titles in order of preference.

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      Present your case. Explain to your potential employer why you feel your desired title is appropriate for you and how you see your duties and responsibilities fitting with it. A simple demand like "I want to be a vice president," is weak; a considered argument such as "I want to be a vice president in charge of marketing, since I have 10 years of experience in the field and am well respected in it," is much stronger.

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      Wait. Give your potential employer time to think your proposal over. Ultimatums or attempts at rushing him will make you seem pushy or desperate. Take the time to consider your response to the employer's potential responses.

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      Accept or decline. If she did not immediately accept or reject your request, the potential employer should get back to you within a few days. Have a plan for accepting or declining their offer based on predetermined minimum expectations. This requires that before your potential employer responds to your request you decide what conditions you are willing to accept and whether or not you are willing to walk away if you do not receive what you have requested.

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