Make Potential Employers Fight for You!

The balance of power has shifted in the job market. Employers used to feel like they held all the cards and could make candidates jump through hoops. I remember some hiring managers saying, “People should feel lucky to work here.”

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Well, well. How the tables have turned!

Now, the Great Resignation is upon us. 4.4 million Americans quit their jobs in September alone!

Companies are struggling to fill over 10M positions while potential workers look at the meager hourly pay and say, “No thanks.” Restaurants, retailers, and other businesses are reducing their operating hours or even closing their doors because they are short-staffed.

As a job candidate in this hot market, you now have the advantage. If you’re good at what you do, it should be reasonably easy for you to find multiple employers who would love to hire you.

If you’re in the market for a new job and I could give you one piece of advice, it would be this:

Make them fight for you!

You should be interviewing with more than one potential employer simultaneously. Speed up or slow down the process with each one to time everything, so you receive multiple job offers (e.g., “I need a few more days to consider your offer. I won’t be making a final decision until I receive offers from the other potential employers too.”)

The best way to receive the best compensation possible is to negotiate intelligently and firmly. But, most people feel bad about pushing their advantage when they are in the driver’s seat.


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