Making a Compelling Financial Offer

by | Mar 5, 2024

Contrary to what you sometimes hear, compensation is the most important consideration when younger workers evaluate employment options.

According to columnist Michael Puck:

Next-generation workers are not prioritizing work/life balance, good managers, flexibility, and engaging work above pay.

More than half (59%) of Gen Zers say that pay is the most important consideration when applying for their first full-time job.

While reporters love to focus on generational differences, this trend was showing up in all parts of the workforce after wages started rising a couple of years ago.

Considering this reality, you should develop a coherent plan for talking about compensation with your recruiting prospects. Here are some items your plan should include.

A description of what you offer and what it’s worth. Unless you’re the cheapest option in your marketplace, you’re offering something in exchange for higher splits and/or fees. Outline the value of what you offer.

An understanding of what your competitors are offering. This can be a moving target, but there are patterns you should know and recognize. Being able to say: “Here’s what you’re going to find when you talk to our competitors…” puts you in a better place to tell your story.

A dialog about net profit. There are no free lunches. If an agent is not paying someone else to do the menial tasks in the sales process, they are the low-paid administrative employee doing all this work.

Don’t be caught flat-footed when negotiating compensation.

The most talented recruiting prospects are doing the math—you should too.


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