Before accepting the job offer Sarah meets Marcia to try to negotiate on a few areas of her contract.


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Task 1

Comprehension Task

Watch the video. Then decide if the sentences below are true or false.


Task 2

 Business notes

In this video Sarah meets Marcia to negotiate on some of the details in her contract.

Companies are often used to people negotiating so, as long as you're realistic and polite, and can justify your requests then it's likely that you will get something out of it.

Negotiating is more than just about your salary though, you can also negotiate on, for example, monthly salary, bonuses, car allowance, pension contributions, healthcare contributions, number of days holiday or even future salary review dates.

Some companies have fixed policies about benefits, depending on the level of the position. This can make negotiation tricky, as the employer may literally have little say over the package. This was the case with Marcia who was unable to offer Sara a higher salary or more days holiday.

If this is the case, simply ask them where they could be flexible - and negotiate from there. Sarah was successful in getting added to a bonus scheme and changing her start date through her persistence.





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I don't understand when i listening to video but when i seeing a subtitle to got it 70% almost. How i can improve my listen

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Thanks for this great tutorial. I want to speak English with fluency so I need a person chat with me on Skype. If anyone is agree please give me his/her Skype id so that I could chat with him/her.