Christian Reprado in the process of EASing from the Marine Corps, had two vastly different civilian job offers. The job offers were not only in separate geographical locations, one in New York and the other in Washington, D.C., but also quite distinct in the type of position offered and the total compensation. Christian unsure how to navigate this huge life decision, contacted the Marine for Life Network’s Houston Rep, Maj Steph Drake through LinkedIn.
Major Drake coached Christian on negotiating with potential employers through the dynamics of total compensation, cost of living, and location and growth trade-offs. Major Drake also recommended several questions and possible compensation negotiation opportunities for him regarding both companies seeking more clarity so that he could truly conduct a good assessment between both positions to ascertain which one fit him best. Major Drake also encouraged Christian to ask for more time from the company with the earliest deadline to be able to evaluate updates and responses to questions and to allow him the time to make the best choice for this life-changing decision.
After receiving and evaluating the updated information from both companies, Christian consulted Major Drake and then accepted a position as Logistics Coordinator with Alstom in New York.
What can we learn from Christian Reprado’s Success?
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