Can you Negotiate Salary or Relocation with Arizona State Veterans Jobs?

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    I'm curious as I just got an offer at an Arizona State Veterans Nursing Home. In researching, I haven't heard (one way or the other) if they are prone to negotiate your per hour or offer relocation assistance. Was offered $27.99 per hour.

    Thoughts/Opinions?
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    It never hurts to try and negotiate your rate, although for it to be effective you will need to have a lot of experience and great reviews to back you up. I highly doubt any facility in Arizona will offer relocation assistance, there is a flooded market here that they can have their pick of. Good luck!
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    Yes....After flying into Arizona (with my husband and after they giving us a tour of the facility), I plan on telling them we are excited about the opportunity and the position.....then I plan on telling the Director of Nurses (who is giving us the tour) the following:
    __________________________________________________ _________________

    I wanted to get your thoughts on something if you don't mind. We are committed to this process as we flew half way across the country to be here and are very serious about the position. More specifically, is there anything that can be about the per hour as I would be making $4-$5 less per hour and it will cost us around $3000 to move.

    Is this something that can be done to help us make this an easier decision for me and my family?


    __________________________________________________ _________________

    Whats everyones thoughts out there in terms of my approach? Seems it really can't hurt as you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Thoughts? Opinions?
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    Before potentially ruffling feathers or appearing out of touch, it might be good to check if that's a fair offer for the job, employer, benefit's package, and location. Everything else being equal, hourly rates are tied to the local cost of living. And as many have said before, relocation reimbursement was from another era.
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    I did noticed through online research that the positions pay range is $25.39-$30.74 based on experience. I've noticed when I applied the HR lady commented that she will review to see how much "verifiable" experience I have. As of today, I have 6 years experience but 3.5 years are over seas. I sent all the documentation over (of that experience) but they have to verify themselves (through phone or email I suppose). At a glance, because of the time difference, I know they weren't able to call anybody overseas for this verification.

    In closing, I think the offer of $27.99 was based on only my experience in the US...not on the experience overseas...as it was harder to verify for them. Again....I don't know for sure...but this is my sense. THAT ALL SAID....I still think it doesn't hurt to negotiate as you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. to playMaybe just pressing them on the per hour (instead of relocation) is the way to go. As it stands now...there seems to be room for at least $2.75 with ($30.74-$27.99 = $2.75) in terms of the cap that the position pays out.

    Thoughts?
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    AZ Vets home is a state job. AZ state jobs generally pay very little. With 6+ years experience you would be making in the neighborhood of $35.00 at my hospital. But that is a "private sector" job. I would tread very lightly. Sure, ask for me - but I would not expect much else. Also, be aware that state employees are basically at the mercy of a fairly ignorant legislature that very rarely votes for meaningful pay raises. You may be earning that salary for quite some time to come.
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    Quote from MsBruiser
    AZ Vets home is a state job. AZ state jobs generally pay very little. With 6+ years experience you would be making in the neighborhood of $35.00 at my hospital. But that is a "private sector" job. I would tread very lightly. Sure, ask for me - but I would not expect much else. Also, be aware that state employees are basically at the mercy of a fairly ignorant legislature that very rarely votes for meaningful pay raises. You may be earning that salary for quite some time to come.
    Interesting and thanks for sharing your insights. Although I have 3.5 years of Hospital experience oversees, my US Experience (2.5 years) has all been in Nursing Homes. Being that we would be moving half way across the country (and my husband and I want to move to Arizona), I would hate to just downgrade in pay like this. However, it is a way out to Arizona where we believe our future lies.

    So our situation is as follows:

    1) Find another Nursing Home or Hospital Job in the Phoenix Valley, Prescott or Tucson area that pays better

    or...

    2) See where negotiating will get you with the current offer

    Being that my US Experience has all been in Nursing Homes, my sense is I would only be "Marketable" for Nursing Home Jobs...taking into consideration they would be hiring me to move half way across the country.
    From their point of view....I'm sure they have plenty of Hospital RN's they can choose from locally rather than hiring an Hospital RN whose recent experience has been in Nursing Homes. This makes me think that...I'm only marketable for Nursing Home jobs when taking into consideration I live half way across the country.

    Thoughts?
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    If given the choice (again), I probably would not have moved back to AZ. But you must have a draw to the state (that is neither here nor there!)...You have nothing to lose by asking nicely, right? But understand that people typically take state jobs for the security and benefits. That is why they pay less. The worst they can do is say no if you ask in a professional, non-accusatory way. I have often found that it is tough to negotiate a hospital-based salary. They tend to work off a rigid "matrix" of years experience/education. The state is just as rigid in their salary designations but ask anyway! Not sure about private LTC(s)

    Remember, this state is led by a (mostly) Tea Party morons who make $24,000 a year as a state legislator. I would not align my financial future with that ilk. Ask for money. If they say no - consider how badly you want to move here. If the draw is that strong, come-work-apply for another job when you have some experience on your resume. There is no shortage of LTC(s) in metro Phoenix.
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    Your wonderful Ms. Bruiser...thank you for sharing your insights ! Yes...my inlaws are there and my husband finished graduate school there at ASU. I've personally been there a couple of times also. The weather there is much better than here from the Midwest. Outside of the weather here, we live in a small/rural area (don't get me started )

    P.S. Any good LTC's that you recommend in the Scottsdale or Sun City/Peoria area? Many thanks for all your help and assistance as I respect your judgement.

    Warmest regards,

    AsianGal
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    No problem! BTW, I did clinical time at the AZ Vets home (and had several friends who actually worked there) and loved it. The patients are just awesome, and the facilities were impressive. Granted, that was 6.5 years ago! But don't write them off for a few $$ an hour. I don't know enough about LTC to recommend any places...I work at Mayo Clinic.

    AZ is actually pretty wonderful. I came here for graduate school, married a local, we moved to the Midwest, and the weather drove my wife crazy. So we are back. If you can ignore the insane politics, the lifestyle is very, very easy. I grew up in NY where things were very expensive and life was not easy. We live in Central Phoenix and everything is just so convenient. If I moved tomorrow, I would miss the place - it is home.

    Shoot me a PM if I can be of any help....


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