Often very intimidating to job candidates is what to do about salary negotiation. In fact, some candidates cringe when they get the job offer – do I take the pay they are offering, or do I try and negotiate salary that I need? It can be a real struggle and many will refuse a position, rather than try to get the pay they feel they deserve and want. Here are a few ways you can negotiate salary:
- While it is difficult to hear, no is part of the process. You must expect going in to negotiations you will hear a no once in a while, but that should not deter you from asking for the salary you believe you should have.
- Before you begin any salary negotiations, it is important that you have all the correct information on the full benefits package they are offering. You should weigh everything you will receive to determine if salary really is an area to negotiate. You may discover that negotiating flex time is more important.
- When you begin your negotiation, it is important that you show the hiring manager the positives and your strengths, which is why you are asking for more. You will need to provide them examples of how you will be able to help them, showing your worth.
- It is important that you understand that these types of conversations are typically not a one-shot and done conversation. While you may get a no today, does not mean that they are not willing to work on some other sort of adjustment. Stay positive and open to further communications.
Today, most hiring managers will put the pay range right in the job ad itself. It can be helpful if during your interview, you ask about the pay range. You will be able to tell if they will be hard fast on the range or if they will budge. If you have a preset salary you must have, it is best to make that clear at the beginning, however, if you do need to negotiate, these tips should help you!
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