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Have you ever negotiated severance in a job offer? Not planning on getting laid off, but no one ever is.

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Yes I had a lawyer review the contract and redline and ask for more favorable terms including 3 months severance and they agreed

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When I got hired at my last job I negotiated a 4-week severance instead of their standard 2-week policy, which isn't much, but it was like pulling teeth though they agreed to it.

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Unfortunately, you don’t have much leverage in that situation. So your best bet is just appealing to their humanity, rather than negotiating. I asked if I could have one more day of employment, to put me into the next month for insurance. But I doubt you’d be very successful asking for more money.

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Also in advertising it’s often related to loss of client

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A wise decision. A recession is coming soon and you gotta look out for number one 👀

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I would say your ability to negotiate this is dependent on your level and the type of company. As a Senior Copywriter you MAY be able to get a little. Most companies have “bands” by title that give a range to the recruiters (or HR) on what is possible. An independent agency will have more flexibility than a holding company. You might have an easier time negotiating a higher salary and planning to save the difference

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Thanks for the insight!

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