Before you form your mouth to utter "summer Fridays" during negotiations, find out how the company's current employees rate their corporate culture and work-life balance. It's unlikely that you'll receive a special compensation as a new employee that none of the existing employees have.
4. An expense allowance. It's possible that your job is willing to reimburse you for money spent while traveling for work or when completing assignments, and it certainly won't hurt your job chances to make inquiries about this is if you're weighing a job offer that requires extensive travel. Remember that for these types of professionals, work-travel expenses that range from gas mileage to frequent flier miles, and even corporate credit card access, are up for discussion.
There's also room for employees to negotiate receiving an allowance for on-site parking fees or public transportation, Anderson says. "A caveat with this one, and with any of these, is to do your research," he insists. "Know about the employer and their culture. You don't want to make any request that's going to be counterproductive."
5. Share options. "You should definitely ask about bonuses, stock options and shares if you're seeking employment in the private sector," Anderson affirms. "Just look for what's the standard to receive industry by industry, and do some research into what's customary with the particular employer you're interviewing with."
You should also stay abreast of the corporate health of the company where you're seeking employment. You can do this by setting up a Google Alert, reading information under the "About Us" link on the corporate website and using corporate research sites like Hoovers.com.
6. Professional development courses. This perk benefits you and the company for both the short and long term. Plus, this request signals to a hiring manager that you're conscientious about doing well and growing professionally. Don't make this request by proffering your conference itinerary with your résumé – instead, ask a polite question about opportunities the company provides for advancement, obtaining certifications and additional development training.
Remember that the occasional class fee is different from tuition reimbursement; the latter you probably can't negotiate. "Many employers provide tuition reimbursement now, and those that do are receiving a tax credit for doing so," Anderson says. "But you won't be able to get a company to reimburse you for education that isn't related to your career, and you won't be able to convince a company that doesn't [provide tuition reimbursement] to offer it to you."