Young Man Wows Many after landing job Paying him R3.75m a Month despite Graduating Bottom of his Class

Young Man Wows Many after landing job Paying him R3.75m a Month despite Graduating Bottom of his Class

  • 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 (N103.9 million)
  • 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 (N103.9 million) 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.

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He negotiated with his employer Image: Jeffrey Zhang
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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! "

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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!"

Graduate Who Spent 12 Years at University Gets Major Job in Top UK Firm

Earlier, Briefly News reported a man's story has gone to show that no matter one's predicament, there is surely a light at the end of the tunnel. This is as a man shared how he went from an under-performing to making it.

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Identified as Ogbeni La on Facebook, the man said it had cost him 12 years to bag a degree with low marks. However despite that poor academic showing, he is now working with a top firm in the United Kingdom.

He wrote:

"Went from spending 12 years to earn a third class degree in Nigeria to securing a job with one of the top organisations in the UK. How did I do it? Aspire to Maguire. If I can do it, you can do it. Ogbeni La."

Source: Briefly News

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