This is from the convict conditioning workout program (affiliate link).

This is different from the full squat by keeping my feet together and squatting all the way down. This is where it starts to get hard.

Photo Credit:  f_shields

Photo Credit: f_shields


The things you can ask for in a negotiation are only limited by your imagination. Remember that your compensation does not always have to be financial. Below are some examples of what you can ask for.

Sometimes, accepting a job offer will require you to move, so you should ask them to pay for your move as part of your compensation. I have had two companies pay for me to move. When a company pays to move you, they usually require you to work there for about two years. If you quit before that time period you have to pay back a prorated portion of the amount.
Another option is a signing bonus. If you request this, be sure to have a good reason to back it up. It may require research so that you ask for the right amount considering your industry and role.

I was given a signing bonus of $2,000 when I took my first professional job. I was new to the work force and didn’t know this was even an option.

In one of my previous jobs they offered me a retention bonus to keep me there for a certain time. If I left before that time I would not get it back. I decided to leave since it was a better long term career decision.

When I was negotiating for the next job I requested a signing bonus to make up for the retention bonus I was losing. I did not get this bonus.

Some companies require you to work there a certain amount of time before insurance starts. This hinders many people from switching jobs because they do not want to lose insurance coverage. This is something that is also negotiable. For instance, some companies require you to be there for 90 days before insurance begins. You can ask for your coverage to start on your first day as one of your compensation items.

No matter what, you need to be able to back up what you are requesting in the negotiation. “Based on my responsibilities and the market value of the role…” If they ask for your reasoning on a negotiated item and you don’t have a solid answer you will be discredited.

Think outside of the box when asking coming up with your list of negotiation points. If they can’t pay you more then ask for more vacation. Things like that, like trades. What other things have you heard of other companies offering.

This is from the convict conditioning workout program (affiliate link).


Notice that I go as low as possible while keeping my heels on the ground.

What should I get paid

March 28, 2013 — 2 Comments

How much should you get paid?

To figure out your market value, visit to websites like and Enter your information and see what each site tells you about similar roles in your geographic region (or where you are moving).

There is usually a salary range for each role. To figure out where you fit in that range, consider the number of years you have in experience and if your role will require more responsibility than other similar roles.

I recommend that you shoot for above average salary and back it up with the other skills you bring to the job. Consider the following ideas:

What certificates have you earned?
What hobbies or activities do you participate in?
Are you involved in your church?
What do you learn on your own for fun?

When I am in this situation I share that I manage a soccer team, the team’s finances, my time in network marketing (face to face selling) and the career coaching I have done.

Another thing to remember is that you cost the company about 2X what your salary if you consider all the benefits. insurance, and costs associated with employing you there. Also, keep in mind that a company expects to earn them about 3-5 times your salary.

This is from the convict conditioning workout program (affiliate link).

Notice that my thighs only go to parallel.