Salary negotiation is one of the best things you can do for your career. If you’re an engineer, you’re in a strong negotiating position by default. While liberal arts skills can really pay off, a degree in those subjects doesn’t always put you in the apple of a potential employer’s eye. Engineering, and in the current market especially software engineering, is a field where even as a relatively inexperienced new grad, you have companies dying to hire you.
At my university, I was a corporate relations director for my honor society, and over the course of my tenure I got to know dozens of recruiters from big-name companies like Google, Apple, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Intel. I’ve had discussions at length with several of these company representatives about how a new grad can best negotiate their starting salary and benefits. Read more to see what I learned.