Don't forget to
ask about the all-important vacation time. Always ask when you are in
doubt - and never assume - because policies differ from company to
company. Generally, every employee receives two weeks of vacation time
each year; the number is usually higher for senior-level positions.
Vacation time also is negotiable if you are offered less time compared
with what you have at your current job.
Two benefits often overlooked when evaluating a job offer are
sick days and personal days (sometimes called floating holidays). These
benefits should be stated in the offer letter, and you should clarify
when you can access these benefits. Usually, you must wait three months
before you can take a vacation day or a personal day, so if you know
ahead of time about an upcoming engagement, negotiate now so that there
will be no surprises later. Plus, this is proper business etiquette.