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After the Diploma: The Top New-Job Benefits You Can Negotiate

Hal M. Bundrick

NEW YORK (MainStreet) —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:

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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:

  • ) 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

    • 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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