Today I received two offers (crazy, huh!?). I have already decided to accept one. My second choice offered me more money than my top choice, so I think that might be good leverage to increase my salary. I don't know if my top choice will even negotiate salary, but I will be emailing the dean this evening to set up a time to talk tomorrow. My advisor told me to let the dean know exactly how much the other school is offering me in the email (I think that information is better left to the phone conversation). Any advice on how to word the email to start negotiations or go about getting more money would be appreciated.
Date: 11 Dec 2012 00:49
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Keep in mind, it's only leverage if you would actually take the other offer. Otherwise, you might as well make up an even higher salary offer for a job you don't actually have. Try to get as much money as you can regardless of the other "real" offer.
Congrats on your good fortune! The previous poster is correct that it's not ideal as leverage if you're unwilling to take the other job. However, that doesn't mean you can't use it to your advantage. Example: "I am fortunate to have recently received another offer. Although there are several aspects about your university that make it in some ways a stronger match for me, the other position offered me a higher salary, so I am weighing the pros and cons of each place. Is their any flexibility with salary (etc.)……"
(grain of salt warning: I have no actual experience with this).
Do you have the offer in writing (just to be safe)? If so, I think I would just say you have two offers, you prefer to accept their offer because it is a better fit for you, you could see yourself there for the long haul, etc., but that the other place's starting number (assume they were willing to negotiate a bit?) was $XX and can they do that as well (or something to that effect)?
I unfortunately don't have any advice to share, having never been in this situation (I'm still crossing my fingers for one offer). But I'm interested to hear how this played out. Anon, can you let us know what you said to the dean and whether it "worked"? Good luck and congrats!
I asked the dean whether the salary was negotiable and he said yes. I told him what the other university offered me (which was $5500 more than his offer). He said the most he could give me is $2000 more than his original offer and I accepted on the spot. BTW- both of the positions were for SLACs.