- A young man has celebrated getting a lucrative job offer despite finishing bottom of his class at the university
- Jeffrey Zhang excitedly shared on LinkedIn that he negotiated with his employer and settled for a salary package of $250k
- He challenged people to endeavour to negotiate their preferred pay with their bosses stressing that no one will believe their worth if they as job seekers don't
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A young man identified as Jeffrey Zhang has advised job seekers to always negotiate salaries themselves with their prospective employers as he celebrated getting a job paying him $250k per month.
In a LinkedIn post, the Ivy League school graduate, precisely Cornell University, New York revealed that he actually finished the bottom of his class with a CGPA of 2.9.
He however didn't allow that to make him feel inferior and confidently negotiated his pay with his now employer Oracle where he'd be working as a graduate product manager.
Jeffrey sounded a note of warning to people never to accept the first salary offer given to them.
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"Go on Glassdoor, Blind, and Reddit, Inc. to see what other people are getting, then ask for 50% more than the highest.
"If you don't believe you're worth that much, then no one will,'' he recommended.
Social media reacts
Ilakkiya Kiritharan stated:
"Wow, learned something new. Totally this is going to help in my future career decisions. Thank you for sharing!"
Autumn Bryant opined:
"Yes!! Use your resources and know your value. This is amazing, thank you for sharing this! "
Defne Isler wrote:
"For those who do not have the Ivy leverage or an amazing dilemma like Microsoft and Oracle: You can always say: I am looking for a compensation plan of x+10%, but I am very excited for the role so I believe if I learn your budget for the position we can find a mutual solution."
Marjorie Romeyn-Sanabria said:
"This is incredible, Jeff. And you know what? You still graduated with an engineering degree from an Ivy League school, which is still a huge success. Congratulations on all your accomplishments!"
'Rejected' first-class Nigerian graduate gets good job in London
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh previously reported that a first-class graduate who was turned down by companies in Nigeria had secured a big job in the UK.
A Twitter user said his friend Adeola had graduated from the University of Lagos with a BSc in finance at the age of 28.
Adeola was however rejected for graduate roles he put in for as companies and organisations cited his age as a limiting factor. Four years after the rejections in Nigeria, Adeola now works at Bloomberg London office as a sales analyst.
His job requires that he covers Europe and US operations of the firm.
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