The 6 Negotiable New-Job Benefits

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If you’re looking for a job with a fresh college diploma in your hands, don’t let the negotiating stop once they say, “You’re hired.” Employers are willing to negotiate on more than just the starting salary.

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In a Harris Interactive survey, nearly half of employers are willing to pay the class of 2013 a starting salary of $30,000 to $49,999 this year–and 25% said they would pay $50,000 or more. But you may not want to jump at that first offer: nearly one-in-four employers said they would be willing to negotiate even higher starting salaries for recent college graduates.

Don’t shake hands and grab a parking space just yet, though–there’s even more to hammer-out. Other perks employers are willing to discuss:

  • Flexible schedule: 22% of employers
  • Academic reimbursement for additional schooling: 16%
  • Bonus: 14%
  • Cover costs of mobile phone: 13%
  • Cover relocation expenses: 12%
  • Telecommuting options: 9%

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The hottest industries for new grads? According to the survey, the industries with the largest year-over-year growth in entry-level jobs were advertising and computer software, followed by: accounting and finance, hospitality, automotive, sales and marketing, training, charities, retail and healthcare.

Top 10 entry-level jobs for 2013 college grads:

  1. Registered Nurse
  2. Sales Representative
  3. Accountant
  4. Customer Service Representative
  5. Industrial Engineer
  6. Retail Salesperson
  7. Medical and Health Services Manager
  8. Physical Therapist
  9. Occupational Therapist
  10. Computer Support Specialist

The survey of 2,184 hiring managers and human resource professionals was conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder.com.

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