I received a job offer. I asked for a higher salary. They came back with an offer I'm happy with. In the time that elapsed a part time employer I had worked for asked if I could work a few more days. These days are specific and conflict with the start date of the offer. I had suggested the start date but this was before they asked me to do more work. As an example if the new job starts on the 1st, my previous employer is asking me to work on the 1st and 2nd. I would like to push the start date of the new job to the 4th as I think I may be working late at night and want to be energized for my first day.
I want to be absolutely clear that this new job takes 100% priority and it's not a problem if this request if declined. How should I word my response to the job offer with the new salary?
Hi. Thank you very much for the offer. This number is good. One of my previous employers asked if it's possible for me to do a couple more days of work for them. If it's not a problem would I be able to start on the 4th instead of the 1st? Either way I accept this offer.
As an aside, how do salary negotiations normally work? This is a very small company. The offer was made to me by email and the person who sent it is the CEO. This was the first time I had communicated with him. Given the timing of events (such as the weekend and corresponding by email) things seemed to drag on longer than expected. In salary negotiations is it normally done with whoever sent you the offer, as opposed to your manager or whoever interviewed you? Is it normally done over the phone or by email?