I just checked my emails this morning and to my delight I have been offered my first job out of university.
It is not in writing yet but I have essentially been offered the job. The salary has been mentioned and I have said that I am wanting the job.
My question is when/if do I open salary+benefit negotiations?
Presumably I will get an official contract in a few days listing all the details, should I wait for this and then say I would like $x for instance or +x vacation days etc or should I hit them straight away with it before they draw up a contract?
I ask this because I have zero experience in this department.
I think the offer is fair and probably what is in the normal range (some will earn less, some more) but I have always thought it was common sense if they want you (and they did express that they wanted me and were very impressed) not to take the first offer.
On the one hand I don't want to be throwing away extra money/perks because I am too shy to ask, but on the other hand I don't want to put the offer in jeopardy by asking for more.
I really don't know what to do and any advice would be useful!